Bryan Singer Confirms Hugh Jackman for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated December 23rd, 2012 at 9:38 am,

Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine Bryan Singer Confirms Hugh Jackman for X Men: Days of Future Past

The time-traveling storyline for X-Men: Days of Future Past – the sequel to X-Men: First Class, with Bryan Singer replacing Matthew Vaughn in the director’s chair – sets the stage for cast members to reprise their roles from the first X-Men trilogy, including Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as the older Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto).

Word leaked a couple weeks back that Hugh Jackman is likewise coming back as Logan (Wolverine), which would make Days of Future Past his sixth portrayal of the fast-healing, metal claw-wielding, brawler (seven, if you count his First Class cameo). Last night, Singer made the news “official.”

Here’s what the filmmaker Tweeted (via his official Twitter account):

I would officially like to welcome @RealHughJackman to the cast of #Xmen Days of Future Past. Very excited! More to come…

Singer’s use of “officially” might be an indicator that Jackman has indeed signed on the dotted line for Days of Future Past; by comparison, Singer announced the news about Stewart and McKellen before they had formerly boarded the project. As of right now, the two are technically not locked down. However, it’s considered all but a done deal at this stage, seeing how the two geek-favorite actors have expressed their enthusiasm about collaborating with Singer on another X-Men movie (one which won’t feature those polarizing black leather costumes, no less).

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Hugh Jackman in ‘The Wolverine’

Jackman reprises his iconic X-Men role in next summer’s The Wolverine, which is being sold as foremost a standalone superhero story. However, it takes place after the events of X-Men 3 and as such, raises questions about how much its events might end up tying into the narrative for Days of Future Past. Newly-appointed Fox Marvel movie curator Mark Millar confirmed certain aspects from Chris Claremont’s source comic are carried over into the film – which he describes as X-Men meets Terminator – but how far he script goes to “repair” the fractured continuity of the X-Men movie universe (and tie events together), is up for speculation right now.

Of course, if Days of Future Past manages to successfully restructure the franchise, then perhaps Fox will take up Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie on his offer to expand the X-Men cinematic universe in subsequent installments.


X-Men: Days of Future Past is based on a script written by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass), Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) and Matthew Vaughn. Its cast includes James McAvoy, Jason Flemyng, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Hugh Jackman.

The Wolverine releases in theaters on July 26th, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters (possibly, in 48 FPS 3D) on July 18th, 2014.


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  1. so like a week later are we gonna get the same article when Jackman says “I dont know what he’s talking about?” Thats what happened with gandalf and picard… anyways. It looks like those dudes will be in it anyways so this will prbly end up happening.

    and hopefully he’ll do more in this one than just cussing off mcavoy and fassbender like in first class haha

  2. We can only hope it’s more than a 10 second cameo again.

  3. Happy and sad. I loved McAvoy and Fassbender being the sole focus of the first movie. Jackman is so awesome, he kinda steals the show.

  4. I don’t know about you guys, but I think these 2 films should be the last for these particular group of actors(especially Hugh Jackman). Sony rebooted the Spidey franchise with a whole new cast, & look how great that turned out. What this franchise needs is a whole new cast & do over.

    • Have you seen the film “X-Men: First Class” before? I think that might exactly what you’re proposing.

      • What I meant was make this the last film for that cast as well. I think starting from scratch with new people altogether might be a good thing for the series. First Class by the way was not a reboot. It was a prequel so that group of actors is part of the original trilogy as well as the story. Again, change everybody & start over. What harm could that do?

        • I agree. It will be a wrench though… i Loved McAvoy and Fassbender and have enjoyed Jackman for his portreyal of wolverine.

          Outa Curiosity, who would be a good replacement for HJ?

          • Hugh Jackman was primarily an unknown before being cast as that character. Chances are they’ll go in that same direction when he leaves. Especially when MARVEL gets the franchise back. Hugh’s contract is with FOX not them.

          • Replacing Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is a lot to take in, considering he’s perfected his performance whenever he plays him.

            He’s the best there is at what he does…and what he does is really awesome.

            • True, but change isn’t neccessarily bad either. Remember, Jackman was a complete unknown prior to playing the part, & now he’s a bonafide superstar because of it. Who says lightning can’t strike twice.

  5. Wow, what a surprise…

  6. hell yeah wolvy!!

  7. 2 wolverine movies in 2 years…awesomeness.

  8. Oh they’re actually less than a year apart….even better.

  9. If they’re actually announcing that Jackman will be in the movie it makes me think that his role will be more than a cameo.
    It had been a while since I’ve seen the 3rd X-Men movie so the other night I thought I’d give it another shot because at one time I thought it wasn’t that bad and I’m terrible about remembering continuity issues. WOW!! That was pretty bad. Especially with XMFC completely changing so much. The opening scene with Professor X and Magneto visiting Gene’s parents makes no sense at all along with numerous other problems.
    So, I am officially eating crow and admitting I was so so wrong about that movie. ;)

    • We all ate crow when thinking that FOX was the movie studio best suited for the job at bringing us a great X-Men franchise. They haven’t proved otherwise yet.

    • “The opening scene with Professor X and Magneto visiting Jean’s parents makes no sense at all along with numerous other problems.”

      No sense? Why? Because Xavier is walking? Because Magneto is with him? I´ve lost count on how often Xavier was healed and crippled, healed and crippled, healed and… You might get my point. And how many times did he renew his friendship with Magneto in the comics? Twenty times? I don´t see any problems. The only REAL continuity issue is the fact that Xavier said he met Magneto when he was 17 (in the first X-Men movie). And that can be solved easily by time travel in DOFP.

  10. Just realized this means live action wolverine tearing into some giant robots, should be special.

  11. Where was it stated that Jason Flemyng is returning, i mean if jj who played a far more important character (white queen) hasn’t been conformed to return, why would Jason Flemyng who played a d list character return?

    • Let’s hope January isn’t returning, I mean she’s smoking hot and all but Emma Frost she is not.

      • Agreed, alice eve woulda been better :/

        • Well the hotness factor would be maintained at the very least. Is Emma Frost meant to have an english accent? She had a pseudo english one in the wolverine and the x-men cartoon but is that how she’s written in comics?

          • I believe she gained the accent after battling another telepath and absorbing some of her traits like the english accent etc. Emma is from boston though not english :)

            • It´s a fake accent. Kitty Pryde mentioned once how much she hates that fake accent.

  12. Awesome now i want to see James Marsden as Cyclops, and other characters like Colossus,Archangel,Beak,and some others. maybe i would love to see them introduce Apocalypse, and Sinister as villains.

  13. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (and keep saying it). Fox’s/Bryan Singer’s X-Men movies are not that good (mostly due to them not adhering to the source material). Yes, even “X-Men: First Class” was meh (he executive produced it). It never ceases to amaze me how some people/sites ALWAYS up-play Marvel movies made by other studios while at the same time down-playing Marvel movies made by Marvel themselves. As if to say the stuff Marvel is doing in-house is somehow inferior to the stuff outside studios are doing. Which of course is ludicrous as 2008 to 2012 proved who was best suited to make a Marvel film. I also said/predicted that if Bryan Singer could find some way to put Wolverine (apparently Wolvie is the only viable mutant that Bryan Singer recognizes) in these new batches of X-Men movies, he would. And Lo and Behold, he has succeeded. Get ready for another two hours of Wolverine expose. “Superman Returns” should have woke people up to the shenanigans of Bryan Singer but I see it is not to be. Oh well. I can only hope and pray for the day that Marvel gets the rights back to all things X-Men and once again shows EVERYBODY how a proper CBM is made.

    • @Askanison. Your comments on the “Mutant” franchise has got to be one of the best & truthful pieces I have ever read so far. How does Christopher Nolan get crapped on all the time for what he did to Batman, & this guy(Bryan Singer)gets a pass for crapping all over the best mutant franchise of all time. Now, I’m not saying Nolan didn’t deserve some or even most of the criticism he recieved for what he did, but at least his trilogy was somewhat faithful to the original source it came from. At least more so than Mr.Mutant Franchise Killing Director over there.

      I also agree about “First Class” being the best so far, but you still can’t compare it to what MARVEL has done so far. Doesn’t even come close to it.

  14. Sorry,Singer is messing it up !
    Thats a over polluted Movie here,over loaded with Characters and really not enough time to deal with them ! It’s watering down the Film,it’s them trying to squeeze everybody in and think its a good result !
    Sounds like X Men 3 all over again ! Sad..,why did Vaughn had to go ? Why ?
    Its fan heart breaking !

  15. Come on, was there ever any doubt?

    Hugh Jackman has never NOT been in a X-Men movie… why start now? It’s not like they’re rebooting the franchise, they’re just mucking it up even more.

    • @FILTH. The problem with Hugh still doing it is that his contract is with FOX not the franchise. So if MARVEL regains their property back then it’s adios muchacho el Hugh Jackmano!

      • There’s almost no way fox is giving up this franchise, they’ll just keep churning out films every couple years. Jackman will be playing wolverine until he’s 100, they can do that ‘Wolverine: the end’ storyline.
        For marvel to get it back, fans will have to start boycotting x-men which is highly unlikely.

        • We can dream…

          • If FOX keeps doing these films our dreams will always be turned into nightmares.

          • Yes,we can !

          • Unfortunately that seems to be all it is, a dream. Too many CBM gluttons to mount an effective campaign. If Marvel ever got the characters back they would probably be relegated to cameos because Fox is going to run the franchise into the ground. Sad state of affairs. I guess everything can’t come up roses in CBM land…

  16. Why do they keep using magneto when there are so many great villains in the x men universe

  17. First Class was a terrible movie…

  18. Wow. Look at all those people bitching and whining about a movie that hasn´t even been scripted yet.

    • People are “bitching and whining” about anything except at a group of people who have yet to give the faithful fans of X-Men a great series of films worth a dam. Until they do I’m pretty sure this so call “bitching and whining” will cease.

    • Actually, I’m bitching about all of the previous movies (minus X2) leading up to this one. Which makes me think that this and every other X-movie will equally suck.

      Can you blame us??

  19. As much as I like First Class Mcavoy was not a good Xavier in my opinion. And now I am supposed to believe he is a young Patrick Stewart? Something tells me this is going to be a mess, too much going on. I hope I am wrong.

  20. Are you kidding me? Jackman is geat at being wolverine? have any of you actually read a comic pre-2000? I think those people must work for fox when they say those things. Jackman has had over ten years to get the character right and what do we get? Mr best there is at what he does, getting his butt handed to him in every single film. These movies killed the xbooks and are a big reason why the avengers took over to be the flag ship books for marvel.