First Look At Beast in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’; Hugh Jackman Praises Script

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Brett Ratner took over direction at the last hour of X-Men: The Last Stand and while the film performed well at the box office, it didn’t for many fans and critics. Unfortunately, the negative turn also affected X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the two non-Bryan Singer directed X-Men films had put the franchise on the wrong track.

One of the highlights from X-Men 3 however was the long-awaited introduction of Beast, one of the original X-Men from the comics. Kelsey Grammer played him on screen and to this day, remains one of the fan-favorite characters of the franchise. For X-Men: First Class, the film that marks Singer’s return to the series – first as director, then moving into a producer role for Matthew Vaughn – Nicholas Hoult was cast as the young version of Hank McCoy, the man who would become The Beast.

In Singer’s next film, where he switches roles with Vaughn and takes up the director’s chair, Hoult returns as the now-blue mutant with genius intellect. Singer, now embracing Twitter for viral marketing purposes on the upcoming superhero team-up shared the very first character photo from X-Men: Days of Future Past and it teases a slightly more mature Beast:

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The image came with the following tweet:

“Many a monster wears the form of a man; it is better of the two to have the heart of a man & the form of a monster”

Note the slightly graying hairs, wrinkles and most importantly, those yellow eyes. That’s one of the clear distinctions between Hoult’s Beast and Grammer’s, who had blue eyes. Another key difference in the character designs actually take a reverse spin on the evolution of the character in the books.

Note below in the comparison images the line above the lip. Grammer’s Beast embraces the more classic, original design of the character, whereas Hoult’s is based on the cat version from modern Marvel Comics. The image above from Days of Future Past begins to bridge the gap between them since the First Class sequel takes place 11 years later. Also note that the teaser image Bryan Singer posted intentionally cuts out where the above-lip-line would be. Is it there or is it not?

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Perhaps an element of the story is with coming to terms with the outcome of future McCoy (or at least one timeline’s version of him). That would be something that would peak the scientist’s interest if they’re dealing with time-travel. Grammer is one the characters who haven’t heard about joining the cast.

Hoult is not the only returnee however, as X-Men: Days of Future Past brings back both the primary cast of First Class and many of the characters from the original X-Men trilogy, including of course, franchise star Hugh Jackman who’s preparing for the release of The Wolverine this summer.

Jackman reveals he was pitched the story idea last fall during principal photography of The Wolverine by then-director Matthew Vaughn. He’s since read the script, calling it “fantastic,” and is excited to work again with Bryan Singer, who first cast him years ago for the first X-Men as a replacement for Dougray Scott.

“I must admit I was starting to see a life free of steamed chicken breasts. They told me the idea and, at the time, it was Matthew Vaughn [directing]. Instantly, I knew it was a winner. It just felt like everything was coming full circle. However, I must admit my stomach and my mind were like, ‘Oh no.’”

“I owe, in a way, everything to Bryan. The first film I did in America was X-Men. Wolverine is a character I’ve loved playing and I can’t believe it’s going to be my seventh time playing it. It just blows me away. It not only feels like the right kind of project, it actually is so exciting that we’ll all be back together again. I don’t want to give away too much but I’m really excited not only to reunite with all those great actors but also to work with some of the other ones.”

Since this is Jackman’s 7th appearance – a record for superhero acting appearances in any franchise – what comes after? Is Days of Future Past the end of the “old” X-Men series and there still potential for Wolverine 3?

Bryan Singer will direct X-Men: Days of Future Past with 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, Daniel Cudmore.

The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on July 18, 2014 and Fantastic Four on March 6, 2015.

Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes who your favorite original X-Men character is!

Sources: EW, Bryan Singer

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  1. Good to know he’s excited about the next X-Men movie, that pic looks awesome to me. I can’t beleive its his seventh time playing Wolverine

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  2. looks great hope to see more Cyclops,Gambit,Nightcrawler,Blob,Jggernaught,Sabretoothe and the creation of Archangel.looking forward to new characters like Apocalypse,sinister,Beak,Glob,Husk,Scarlett Witch,Psylocke,Stacy-x and Chamber.

  3. Cyclops,Archangel,Apoclypse,Sinister,and Scarlett Witch!!!!lol

  4. Beak!!!!too

  5. I love the X-Men but I just cannot ever get excited for Fox comic book films. I go and I watch them and most of the time enjoy them but meh. I mean really they only made two, maybe three really good films out of like ten. They screwed up Daredevil, Fantastic Four twice, and the X-Men continuity. Mickey Mouse needs to stomp on Fox and take their crap back. Then make a Avengers vs X-Men movie!

  6. Hugh Jackman praises everything he is in, so that is not saying much.

    • I was about to say that… :)

  7. I’m just waiting for a proper xmen film. Ideally xmen first class with the actual first class.

    I actually enjoyed first a lot but I’m still waiting for marvel to get rights back and hae a great in continuity film series.

    Already have my cast too.

    • never going to happen, and thank goodness. I don’t want to wait 7 years for another xmen film. Marvel has enough on their plate let it go.

      • Trey

        I’d wait 7 years for a awesome quality xmen movie with a awesome cast and incredible story.

        Not to say I’m not excited for xmen films now cuz I am. I’m a huge xmen fan and ill see the movies but I know they can make better ones.

        • I’d say you already have 3 excellent X films. Marvel will never get the rights back. It’s good to dream but I say deal with what you have. Fox has X-Men, and all the ones that have done well critically have had Singers involvement. Days of Future Past has all the potential of a great movie. Proper time in production, excellent cast and both Vaughn and Singer”s involvement. I expect after the success of The Avengers Fox is also going to pump a lot of money into the production values and special effects. Until I see otherwise, I expect this movie will be awesome.

          • Acathla

            I already know marvel wont get the rights back. It’s my dream but I know it won’t happen.

            If say we have two quality xmen films. Xmen and xmen first class. Origins was okay to me cuz I love wolverine but that’s about it. X3 was a disaster with the exception of Ellen page and x2 was good and enjoyable but not great an rewatchable.

            The wolverine looks promising and ill he there at midnight for days of future past. So far it’s looking good. Good people involved and with a good amount of time put into production so we’ll see.

          • totally agree. Fox made very wrong decisions in the past with this franchise, but right now they know perfectly what they have in their hands, and is one of the possible biggest superhero movies to date, along with Avengers, Dark Knight saga and Spiderman saga.

            The story is a classic, and the cast cant be more impressive, so with Singer and MAtthew on board, they are ready for a winner this time

  8. That looks nothing like Nicholas Hoult but I like it!

  9. No Cyclops or Jean? Maybe including them would give the plot all away.

    • Its Days Of Future’s Past. We know what happens anyway

  10. cant wait for it! check out for cool movies too!

  11. Great make-up. In my opinion, much better than previous versions, while at the same time being in the middle of both. Great move.

    And about the future of the franchise, Fox and Singer can easily move forward with the original cast with at least another event movie. Ages of Apocalypse would be an epic closure, in case they want to stop it in the near future.

    If not, X4 and X5 would be epic too

  12. Jackman has said the same thing for every xmen/wolverine script to date. I doesnt mean much.

    • Exactly!

      What else would he say,”yeah,the script this time around really sucks,but since I’m under contract,I’m obligated to do it”.

      • Lol pretty much. He’s gotta play the game.

  13. Geezus, I want this movie NOW!! I’m of the camp that we get enough of the “05″ in the comics…literally, they’re in the comics right freaking now!! Let the films be something new and different, exciting and bold!! Nothing is more boring to me, and I’m sure others, than retreading the same story over and over again with only minimal changes to details.

  14. I dunno. I prefer the classic Grammer look. He looks more like my favourite Beast depiction in comics- John Byrne’s version. And looks less like a stuffed animal who lost a fight with a hair dryer. But hey, I’ll make do. Hoult will grow on me. I guess Grammer’s not available. He stole the show on X-men: Last Stand with his quips and verbal exchange with Logan about age.

    Ah well…

    • I like the classic version as well.

  15. i want more cyclops and classic beast none of that cat BULL POOP…bring in a gambit who isnt a LOSER and actually THROW cards not slide out of his hand……i also want ALOT of sentinals…i want to see a future magneto tear apart sentinals in a sentinal ruled future new york……i bet apocolypse is a teaser at the end like thanos was in avengers

  16. There is always room for another Wolverine movie!

  17. This looks like the same mediocre character and costume design as the previous X-Men films that Singer and Fox have given us. This franchise really needs to go back to Marvel ASAP.

    • +1

    • Nah, then you wouldn’t get many movies. Marvel Studios can only do two films a year, so giving them all the properties means we’re losing out on Avengers movies, Spider-Man and sequels for characters like Thor. Guardians would also never get a chance to even exist.

      • +1 Rob. Hopefully someday these studios will start colaberating with each other and let some of these characters start crossing over. It would be a smart business decision on their part and would be giving us fans what we want at the same time. Just don’t piss us off :D

  18. I really loved First Class, but the posters for FC sucked. So for DoFP, it’s only appropriate for these posters to suck too. That looks like a picture that you’d find on the cover of an Animorphs book or something. Yeah, I can appreciate a more mature looking beast. (he looked kind of lame in FC, despite having some positive upgrades)

    • After some posters come out, you can see if your prediction comes true.

  19. To the people saying that marvel should get the rights back to X-Men: Stop b**ching because it ain’t gonna happen.

  20. The Kelsey Grammar version of Beast sucks and looks nothing like the “classic” comic book version.

  21. I think trying to correct the mistakes of Last Stand is itself a huge mistake.

    Just carry on with a good story.

    They should have simply gone with the new cast and ditched the old.

    Maybe i’m wrong and DOFP will be great but i’m not confident that a film that is designed to be a band aid is going to be great.

    • Nope, a proper sequal to First Class would be the way to go, this could seriously go all Spidy 3 on us (way too much to shoehorn in) and you’ve got a million and one characters who all get 5-10mins of screentime in the spotlight and then relegated to the bleaches for the other 140-180mins.

      The actors from First Class are all up and coming (McAvoy has a couple of nominaltion, Lawrence has won a bloody oscar and Fassbender has a couple of nominations too and is a fan fav) you don’t need the (waining) star power of the original group.

      Band Aid, was that a deliberate pun (Band Aid – Sticking plaster to cover a gaping wound, Band Aid – Large Ensemble of Big Names all trying to sing from the same hymm sheet) if so well done sir.

      • First Class never seemed to be clear on what is was and that left people to make up their own minds about it. Whether it was a prequel, reboot, some hybrid of the two or just an attempt to keep the license and the franchise name relevant, the fiscal reality is that it did not sell well at all in the US. And after they fooled around with the idea of focusing the next film or either Xavier or Magneto (depending on what rumor you want to believe), they probably came up against issues raising money for that idea so they pulled this out of the air.

        While I agree that the amount of characters and actors they are using could result in a diluted story with cameo appearances for many characters, I think the direction they have gone in speaks to the fact that the star power of the old cast, whether on the decline or not, may be greater than or equal to the perceived drawing power (rising or not) of the First Class group.

  22. Damn. Singer really hasn’t changed. He left X-Men for Superman and when he botched that he came back. Only it was his development time on X3 and XFC that prevented those films from being great. He has no love for the source material. Only the privileges directing them bring him. I will refrain from seeing these films.

  23. To the people saying that marvel should get the rights back to X-Men: Stop b**ching because it ain’t gonna happen.

  24. Are they including the small cameo he played in First Class as part of the SEVEN films? He said that it’d be great to work with some of the other actors (in DOFP) but he sorta already has!

    …well, two of them anyway (McAvoy & Fassbender)

  25. Prefer the Kelsey Grammer make up design. New fella looks like a teenwolf reject who’s fell in a puddle of schwarzkopf.

    It’s the face i think, not down with the face…. and the colour, looks more like blue highlights than blue fur, could be the photo though.

    Maybe look better in not such a stylised pose/expression.