Those who’ve read the source comic book storyline for X-Men: Days of Future Past – written by Chris Claremont and illustrated by Terry Austin and John Byrne – know it sets the stage for some cool developments. That includes a smart time-travel storyline that features Sentinels (giant mutant-huting robots, for the uninitiated) and will organically allow the X-Men 1-3 cast member to appear in the same movie as their younger X-Men: First Class counterparts (though, young and old versions of the same characters may not share the screen together).
Days of Future Past also features Kitty Pride in a significant capacity, and the Bryan Singer-directed film has Ellen Page reprising her role from X-Men: The Last Stand. Today, we have an interview where the actress discusses returning to the superhero franchise, in addition to an image revealing Jennifer Lawrence’s tweaked appearance as (transformed) Mystique.
Page was interviewed by Collider about her forthcoming film The East (watch the trailer), and admitted that she hasn’t been certain about her getting to reprise the Kitty Pride character for that long (before she was cast, obviously):
“I didn’t know for that long. I knew they were kind of doing it, but I didn’t expect it. I didn’t expect to play Kitty Pryde again, so when that came up and I met with Bryan, because I didn’t work with Bryan I worked with Brett Ratner [on 'The Last Stand'], it was just awesome. I feel so grateful to be back… Really, truly, it’s not like something I’ve known for a year by any means. I really didn’t know that long before we went to shoot.”
Kitty Pride’s formal appearance onscreen had been teased in X-Men 1 & 2, which featured cameo appearance by two different students – at Professor X’s School for Gifted Youngsters – with similar solid matter-crossing abilities. Then the character, as portrayed by Page, showed up properly in X-Men 3 - only to end up serving little purpose, beyond (sort of) complicating the relationship between Iceman and Rogue (Shawn Ashmore and Anna Paquin).
Fingers crossed, Page will shine in a meatier role for the Kitty Pride character, who gets to rock a more rough and tumble look while playing the character in the Days of Future Past dystopian timeline (i.e. the one featuring present-day X-Men cast members). Singer will also be mixing things up behind the camera after his previous X-Men films by shooting this new installment with 3D technology and Avatar‘s SimulCam, which allows the director to glimpse a rough version of CGI characters and environments in real-time during principal photography.
Page offered Collider the following, about the shooting process with cutting-edge filmmaking tools (or toys, if you’re Singer and his director of photography Newton Thomas Sigel):
“It’s pretty wild. Just the cameras are massive, and it’s interesting to talk to Bryan, because him expressing—just as like a film nerd—the difference and the challenges of shooting 2D vs 3D, that’s just an interesting thing to know about. But also, just when you’re on the side watching the monitor, obviously they have 3D monitor screens for hair and makeup people and everyone watching, it just looks so incredible. It does. Obviously, combining the old cast and the new cast this movie is going to be epic in scope.”
Speaking of changes: Singer’s latest Twitter update on the Days of Future Past production is a set photo that reveals Lawrence in costume as Mystique:
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Lawrence is wearing a full-body suit as Mystique in Days of Future Past (as you can see above), rather than having her body painted like in First Class. The character’s skin tone is a darker shade of blue than in First Class and falls closer to Rebecca Romijn’s older version of Mystique in the contemporary-set X-Men film trilogy. The change is more readily observable, when you compare this set image above with a picture of Lawrence in costume/makeup in First Class (see below):
Singer’s Days of Future Past movie is expected to help iron out wrinkles (re: holes) in the continuity between First Class and other X-Men films, in addition to bridging the gap between retro and modern installments in the superhero franchise. That is the reasoning behind having Lawrence’s Mystique design and Nicholas Hoult’s look as Hank McCoy/Beast be patterned closer to the characters’ older versions (as opposed to their appearances in First Class). Sounds good by us.
X-Men: Days of Future Past stars franchise newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart and Fan Bingbing, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, and Daniel Cudmore.