‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Adds Josh Helman in Substantial Role

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Principal photography on X-Men: Days of Future Past began over two months ago and we’ve heard many casting announcements since then. Still, the film’s production continues to be full of surprises, as a new card has been added to the deck in the form of a mystery role for a relative newcomer.

The latest addition to the X-Men: Days of Future Past cast list made a name himself starring in Home and Away, which has become a veritable breeding ground for Hollywood Australians (see also: Chris Hemsworth, Isla Fisher, Guy Pearce, Heath Ledger, etc.). Josh Helman also starred in HBO’s mini-series The Pacific, had a role in Jack Reacher last year and is set to appear in Mad Max: Fury Road, but he’s currently in Montreal filming scenes for Bryan Singer’s superhero sequel.

Normally, given that Helman isn’t a big name in the film industry yet, this news wouldn’t be all that significant. However, The Wrap reports that he will be on set for a period of several weeks, which suggests that he will be in more than just a throwaway role. Had Evan Peters not been cast as Quicksilver last month, it might have been assumed that this role was going to Helman; as it is, we have no idea who his character is.

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There’s no shortage of characters from the X-Men comic books who might be brought into this story, which is based on the story arc from The Uncanny X-Men, written by Chris Claremont. At a guess, Helman could be playing a young Senator Robert Kelly, since the plot of the Days of Future Past comics revolved around the characters attempting to prevent Kelly’s assassination, since it would lead to a dystopian future wherein mutants are rounded up and either captured or killed.

Considering Senator Kelly was, more or less, assassinated by mutants in the first film, maybe that wouldn’t have much of an impact.

If you’ve got a theory of your own (and surely some of you must have), then let us know what it is in the comments. Given how much difficulty Singer is having keeping a closed set, we’ll almost certainly get more details on Helman’s character before filming is done.


X-Men: Days of Future Past is out in theaters on July 18th, 2014

Source: The Wrap

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  1. Franklin Richards son of Susan Storm and Reed Richards.
    Read the paperback of Days Of Future Past.
    Nuff said!

    • That was a different story line done years later. They have enough on their plate without adding more things they can’t or won’t explain.

      • Franklin appeared on the 2 issues of Days of future past. Same as Rachel Summers.

        It was an alternate universe. thats why Rachel was there.

  2. If every single character they’ve included and added to this movie has a single line of dialogue this movie will be 300hrs long

  3. If every single character they’ve included and added to this movie has a single line of dialogue this movie will be 300hrs long!

  4. Cyclops?! Read my mind! We need Cyclops! Lots and lots of Cyclops!

  5. I’m beginning to feel sorry for any director involved with a comic book movie. I’ve been an avid collector of comics since I was 5 year old (over 30 year ago – god that makes me feel old! lol). This is a great time to be a comic book fan as studios realise the vast potential out there by bringing beloved characters to the screen. However, after reading lots of comments on this site over the past few months, whether it’s lovers/haters of Man of Steel, everyone throwing in their 5 cents worth about a Justice League movie or complaining about potential character overload in the new X-Men movie a thought occurred to me: What exactly do comic book fans want from a comic book movie?

    At the moment, directors are in an impossible position; if they try to tell an original story with a character people get up in arms and complain that it deviates from the characters established timeline/continuity. If they try and bring toi life a fan favourite, loads of people complain that it’s the wrong storyline to choose from/that the director is going to mess it up/the director should have told an original story. See what I mean? An impossible position – damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    For those comic book fans who just have a tendency to just want their favourite storyline made into live action, I think that this is a very limited and short-sighted view sometimes. As a comic book fan, my collection is littered with amazing storylines that I love and re-read from time to time. However, comic books and movies are two very different mediums. Surely it would be better to tell an original story with the character in the live action medium.

    If you look at the best comic book movies, the reason the were popular with fans and did well at the box office is because they respected the original source material, however they weren’t handcuffed by it. Nolan’s Batman trilogy, X-Men 1 & 2 and Blade are examples where the essence of the character and the world they inhabit was used as a backdrop to tell an original story, sometimes using elements of fan favourite storylines from their respective comics.

    It’s been over 10 years since Blade and the X-movies got the ball rolling with comic book movies. Since then the bar has been lowered by some high profile failures (yes, I’m looking at you Daredevil and Green Lantern), but fortunately has had movies like The Dark Knight and Avengers setting an example of exactly what can be achieved.

    I must admit, initially I was thoroughly excited when I heard Synder was doing Superman I was thrilled. I’m a HUGE fan of 300 and Watchmen. When I heard his casting choices I was equally thrilled (with the excpetion of a Jenny Olson, but I decided to just go along with it). However, the more I read closer to release date, my feelings were mixed – would the movie meet my expectations? what were my expectations; did i want that sense of wonder that I had as a kid watching Christopher Reeve for the first time or did I want a more involved, complex, modern viewing experience?

    My point is this, rather than spending loads of time complaining about what a director has or hasn’t done (especially while filming is still taking place) why don’t we all get behind them, wish them the best and reserve judgement once the final product comes out.

    Using Man of Steel as an example, having seen the movie, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had spent less time worrying about what it wasn’t going to be and just gone in hoping the director did a good job (the same way I did when Singer did Superman Returns).

    • True Xmen fans should only pray for one thing- a good script. ‘Impossible to explain everything . Look at DC. RED,WATCHMEN,ect. Look at Frank Miller’s films. ‘How well Kick Ass was. And,of course,the walking dead. None were exact. But good stories make great films. The casual fan of our genre doesn’t understand what we know( just to long t

  6. How about this debacle never gets made. Wolverine origins and xmen first class
    have embarrassed these characters enough….

  7. We do need Cyclops, and Archangel, Sinister, Apocalypse, and Beak.

  8. I’m hoping he is Archangel, Cyclops, Gambit, or Night Crawler. I really want to see more of these four characters and Rogue, Colossus, and Iceman. I would love to see Beak, Sinister, Apocalypse, Husk, and Random too.

  9. I tell you this too Multiple man, Sabretooth, Juggernaught, and Blob can be great character villain if giving some deep detail to them. That being said I also want to see Wolverine go up against The Ultimate Russian Mutant Omega Red. Anyone want to see John Sublime as a main Human Treat takeing Mutants genes and giving them to other humans who do not fear and hate mutants but envy them?

  10. It is William Styrker.

  11. I would prefer seeing a Cable movie or X Force movie but that will probably never happen because Jean hasn’t been cloned so Cable can’t be born and Cyclops is dead so again Cable can’t be born…

  12. Ugh… Bad movie. Once more a Wolverine-fest and Kitty Pryde and Rachel Summers were denied their chance to shine. If there was ever an X-Movie to bring in Rachel Summers to the big screen it should have been this one.

    Sadly Fox flops yet again and I hope they lose the X-Rights sooner rather than later so Marvel can try and fix the X-Franchise despite how much Fox has butchered it by killing Cyclops and turning it into “Wolverine + Other Unimportant Characters Who Aren’t Wolverine”