It’s not a secret that X-Men movie trilogy stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are lining up to reunite with X-Men 1&2 director Bryan Singer on next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Technically, Stewart and McKellen weren’t even allowed to confirm their involvement with the First Class sequel, when Singer first broke the news through his Twitter account last year.
Famke Janssen (Jean Grey/Phoenix) has publicly expressed hopes that she, too, will be joining her X-Men universe compatriots in Days of Future Past. She may not be the only currently-unconfirmed franchise alum returning for the project, judging by recent comments from Jackman.
The Daily Mail chatted with Jackman, shortly after he walked away with a Golden Globe for his performance in Les Misérables. Wolverine confirmed what Fox’s newly-appointed Marvel Movie Universe architect Mark Millar has been saying for a while now – that Days of Future Past features a Terminator-esque time-travel storyline – and promised tons of familiar faces to the X-movieverse are making an appearance.
“You wouldn’t have enough room on the page after you’ve listed them all. Every other actor who’s ever put on a superhero uniform will be in it. There’s an element of time travel and, naturally, it will be action-packed.”
Millar hopes to branch out further into the X-Men universe down the line, with future installments exploring mutants who have yet to make the jump from comic book to live-action form. However, before a shared (and coherent) X-Men movie universe is possible, there needs to be some restructuring done to account for how the trilogy, Origins: Wolverine, First Class and this summer’s The Wolverine fit together. Days of Future Past is expected to do that (in collaboration with director James Mangold’s post-X3 Wolverine flick), which explains why multiple trilogy players may be coming back for another round of mutant madness.
Important X-Men trilogy characters such as Storm (Halle Berry) and Rogue (Anna Paquin) are reasonable possibilities to show up in Days of Future Past; though, it gets trickier, with respect to someone like the deceased Cyclops (James Mardsen) making an appearance. X3‘s Kelsey Grammar (Hank McCoy/Beast) and X-trilogy alum Rebecca Romijn (Mystique) would be fun additions, especially meeting up with their First Class counterparts (Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence) after Romijn’s cameo in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men prequel/reboot/whatever.
Do you agree with those (obvious) choices? Are you hoping to see Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), Ellen Page (Kitty Pride) or even someone like Vinnie Jones (Juggernaut) in Days of Future Past? Let us know in the comments section.
The Wolverine hits theaters July 26th, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past follows on July 18th, 2014.
Source: The Daily Mail