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Channing Tatum to play Gambit in next X-Men

- May 13th, 2014

So it looks like dreams come true.

After telling MTV at last month’s MTV Movie Awards that he wanted to play Gambit in the X-Men, Channing Tatum has been granted his wish. The star of the upcoming 22 Jump Street and Jupiter Ascending has been confirmed to play the mutant hero in an upcoming X-Men film.

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner revealed the news in a red carpet interview with Total Film at the X-Men: Days of Future Past premiere in London.

“He’s a rogue, Channing — he’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau. And he can handle the action, we all know that. And he’s got a really good heart,” she said. “I think he’ll be great for Gambit. And he’s a southerner too… he understands that world.”

The X-Men producer also hinted that she wants to bring Deadpool to the big screen (last seen played by Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and that she is interested in X-Force (“We love X-Force; it allows us to be a little grittier”).

In related X-Men news, Jennifer Lawrence talked about the future plans for her character following the events of Days of Future Past. When The Hollywood Reporter caught up with her on the red carpet for the time travelling X-Men film, Lawrence was asked whether Mystique would still become a villain following the events in the retro sequel.

“This time because the future is undetermined, we have freedom to choose where we want to go with her,” the actress explained. “Is she going to become the assassin that we know her as now, like Rebecca Romijn’s character? Or is she going to do what Charles [Xavier] wants and go down the path of no killing?”

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres on May 23.

Opening scene for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ released

- April 15th, 2014

If this one-minute sequence from the opening battle scene in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is any indication, this could be the comic book movie to beat this summer.

In the brief clip, we see futuristic Sentinel robots trying to kill Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Blink (Fan BingBing), Warpath (Booboo Stewart), Colossus (Daniel Cudmore), Sunspot (Adan Canto) and Bishop (Omar Sy), who are all hiding out in an underground bunker. It’s possibly one of the only action scene they appear in since shortly afterwards, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back in time to stop the future destruction of mutants.

The final trailer for the sequel will debut on Conan O’Brien tonight.

X-Men: Days of Future Past, which also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, hits theatres May 23rd.

Revealing glimpse of Jennifer Lawrence on Empire’s ‘X-Men’ covers

- January 27th, 2014

Attention X-Men fans, Empire is releasing an unprecedented 25 variant covers for its latest issue which will be bringing readers all things related to Bryan Singer’s upcoming Days of Future Past.

The covers were revealed in a flurry of tweets courtesy of Singer and film’s official Twitter account. Among the new images we’re getting a look at: Evan Jonigkeit’s Toad, the Sentinels, Havoc, Quicksilver, Warpath and a younger version of returning villain, William Stryker.

Of course, there’s a the always-beautiful Jennifer Lawrence looking perfectly nude and blue, as well has Hugh Jackman’s shredded Wolverine (on two covers) and Michael Fassbender’s young Magneto and James McAvoy’s young Charles Xavier. Even Anna Paquin, who was cut from the film, appears on one of the promotional covers.

You can check out some of the covers below. For the full 25, head over to Empire. You can also read all of our Days of Future Past coverage here.




The reaction to Quicksilver, who will also appear in a different form in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, was far from enthusiastic, with fans comparing the design to Burger King’s Kid Vid and actor Corey Feldman.

For info on how you can purchase all 25 covers, visit Empire.

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres May 23, 2014.

Anna Paquin axed from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

- December 21st, 2013

If you thought Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past was trying to pack too many stars into the upcoming mutant mashup, you were right.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Anna Paquin’s Rogue has been cut from the final edit of the film.

According to the website, the one scene in which Rogue appeared was a rescue sequence involving Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore).

“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous,” Singer tells EW. “It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”


Paquin has been told that her role was cut.

“She completely understood,” explains Singer. “It’s very disappointing, but she’s very professional and she knows that stuff happens, particularly with material you shoot early on in production. Films evolve.”

Singer is still editing the film, but he’s also prepping work on X-Men: Apocalypse for 2016 with X2 writers Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris. Just an FYI, Apocalypse is from Egypt.

X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released May 23, 2014.

Hugh Jackman offered $100 million to keep playing Wolverine?

- August 13th, 2013


Take this one with a tiny grain of salt, people. According to the National Enquirer, Hugh Jackman has been offered $100 million to reprise his signature role as Wolverine for four, count ‘em, four more films.

But according to a pal, Jackman isn’t sure he’ll take it.

“Hugh has a big decision to make. It’s not every day an actor gets offered this kind of paycheque,” his friend tells the Enquirer, “but Hugh vowed never to lock himself into any multipicture deals after ‘X-Men.’ He hasn’t given any kind of answer yet, so at least he’s considering it.”

A movie spokesperson adds, “The studio would love to have Hugh play Wolverine for the next two decades. The bosses want him, and money is obviously no object.”

Of course, given that it’s a four-picture deal, it’s not that astronomical (remember how much dough Johnny Depp bagged for Pirates 5?). But considering that Jackman is 44, one has to wonder how long he can keep playing the part of an adamantium-enhanced mutant who is essentially the face of the X-Men franchise. Although, judging from this recent Twitter pic, Jackman looks like he can handle the weight of the role.

Jackman’s latest portrayal of the character in this summer’s The Wolverine has taken in over $110 million at the box office since its release last month.

Next summer, Jackman will reprise the role in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. The time-travel storyline brings together casts from the original X-Men trilogy and the 2011 prequel, First Class.

A trailer that leaked earlier this week, revealed that Wolverine will be sent back in time to warn the younger X-Men.

While promoting The Wolverine, Jackman told Screen Rant it would be “fascinating” to explore the Wolverine: Old Man Logan mini-series written by Mark Millar in 2008.

And in a separate interview with Fox News, Jackman said he’ll play the character as long as fans want him to.

“I love this part. I’ve been around long enough in this business to know great parts like this don’t come along very often and as long as the part continues to grow and the reason for doing it is there and that continues to grow, and let’s face it, that the audience still wants to see it, I don’t see any reason to give it up. I’m having more fun now than ever.”

That answer – plus $100 million – sounds to me like Wolverine will be played by Jackman for quite some time. Are you happy about this news? Sound off in the comments.