Omar Sy Joins ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ – Who is He Playing?

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From returning stars of X-Men: First Class to familiar faces of the original X-Men trilogy reprising key roles, Bryan Singer has successfully generated enough interest and excitement for X-Men: Days of Future Past to position it as a contender for the biggest movie of summer 2014, and it hasn’t even started shooting yet.

But it’s not only the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy joined by Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart, etc., rounding out the all-star line-up of the X-Men: First Class (and X-Men: The Last Stand). Director and Producer Bryan Singer happily announced that Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) would joining the franchise two weeks ago, and on Saturday evening, we’ve learned of another newcomer.

Singer took to Twitter – seemingly the sole marketing machine behind X-Men: Days of Future Past casting news – to announce that France-born Omar Sy is officially the latest talent to join the next X-Men team-up film.

Omar Sy earned international attention for his starring role in The Intouchables, a feature that earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Days of Future Past represents Sy’s first American film and for fans, it begs the question of who he could be playing. Like Dinklage’s role, there was no official word on what character he will be playing from the X-Men universe.

Although with X-Men and a story about time travel, there a few key characters that come to mind, including of course, Bishop. Bishop, a time-travelling mutant from a future where mutants are held captive in concentration camps, doesn’t have a French accent, but Singer and Fox have proven that’s not a factor in casting characters. Just look at the non-Australian Pyro, the non-Cajun Gambit, the non-Russian Colossus and the non-Irish Banshee.

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Of course, Omar Sy could very well be playing a human character, perhaps involved with the Sentinel program. We can’t even say for sure at this point when his character will show up, whether it be the early ’70s with the First Class team or the near future with the original trilogy stars.

Follow me on Twitter @rob_keyes and let me know who you want Omar Sy to play!

Bryan Singer will direct X-Men: Days of Future Past 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 possibly, Alan Cumming. No word yet on Famke Janssen and James Marsden..

The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013 and X-Men: Days of Future Past shoots from April to October for a July 18, 2014 release date.


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Bishop cover art from Cable #4.

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    • Using Bishop, Sinister or Apocalypse would just be a gimmick to appease the comic fans, and may not even fit in with the story at all. It’s kind of like how they stuck other characters in the movies with no context to them and never fleshed them out at all, they just turn into an excuse to use a special effect and they wander off screen.

  1. I nominate Idris Elba to play Bishop

  2. If he does the role of Bishop, can he don the look like in the X-men cartoon. I really like the version they did for DOFP. One of the best story lines

  3. If they do put bishop in the movie, and if they do have Sy playing that part, I hope they disregard the recent incantation of Bishop’s character. Marvel, for whatever reason, totally ruined Bishop’s character. What used to be a likeable character, I find grossly repulsive now due to the complete annihilation of his character.

    In any case, I hope whoever does the film does take a departure from the comic angle of a very different and evil Bishop.

    • @Comicfan
      Are you talking about the Messiah Complex storyline? I think it raises a great question. If you could save millions by killing one person, a female child, could you do it? Keep in mind there are millions of female children you would be saving. I would probably cry like a wee babe.

      • I’m willing to bet that the writer’s,in their blissful arrogance, haven’t recognized that the fans want character’s to hold true to most of their conceptualization. They’re popular characters, with histories and back grounds that should be adhered to. To do otherwise demeans both the charcters and the fans.

  4. To be fair, Banshee was a Ginger.

    Maybe he will be Prof. X. They are going the Nick Fury route. I’m not being serious for those of you with a serious response. You can still leave your serious response if you want. Just letting you know I am very sensitive so keep my feelings in mind.

    What is that ringing? I smell burnt toast…

  5. I’m willing to bet that the writer’s arrogance hasn’t recognized that the fans want character’s to hold true to most of their conceptualization. They’re popular characters, with histories and back grounds that should be adhered to. To do otherwise demeans both the charcters and the fans.

  6. he is good as Bishop and it really need to have Apocalypse Holocaust and Sinister. i don’t understand with you all where’s other x men ???

    Emma Frost
    Jean Grey as White Phoenix of the Crown now
    Scarlet Witch
    Lady Deathstrike

    where are the ??? they must in.

  7. Yes bishop please i also wanna apocalypse with his partnership and his son mr. sinister and holocaust

    my best x men for this movie here they are ;

    charlize theron is excellent as emma frost she truly get in
    james marsden i think he’s come again with another way version
    ian somerhalder is awesome as havok along with polaris
    keanu reeves is great as gambit
    angelina jolie is so best as scarlet witch along with magneto
    rebecca romijn must in she should work for apocalypse now
    tyler mane bring him back as sabretooth
    clive owen he is fantastic as avalanche
    vinnie jones bring him back as juggernaut
    kevind durand as blob
    ryan reynolds as bishop
    kelsey grammer as an older beast
    alan cumming bring him back as nightcrawler
    kelly hu as lady deathstrike she’s alive for apocalypse

    the last is FAMKE JANSSEN of course most people wanted her back with bigger role, i agree with most people wanted her to play as white phoenix of the crown

    • Did you say Keanu Reeves as Gambit? Yes,yes you did. And Ryan Reynolds as Bishop? Not sure where you got those. Uh, no. Some of your other choices I like.

  8. Omar Sy is suitable for ” BiShoP ” but i would like to see
    APOCALYPSE !! sentinels are still required a major enemy he’s
    APOCALYPSE !!! how incredible “ApoCalyPse and SenTiNeL” there

    - january jones was worst as emma frost but i love charlize theron as emma frost

    - famke janssen rise again with stronger this is the biggest a chance for her role yes i fully agree agree with many people,she as white phoenix

  9. I say he is Bishop off the look of him alone. I have to admit I know nothing of his acting. But like some of you have mentioned I would like to see a beefcake Idris Elba in the roll of Bishop. It just seems right. But who knows if he would even be open to the idea.

  10. Come on. Think. He’ll be Bishop, not Apocalypse. You don’t need to cast a big ass man to play a big ass CGI character. Look at Hulk and Ruffalo.

  11. Maybe he’s playing a younger version of Bill Duke’s Bolivar Trask…

    The irony in a black man developing a race-hunting unit in the 70s sounds really interesting…

  12. Bishop!!!

  13. Omar is a little too funny and not nearly bulky enough to play Bishop. Honestly, previously knowing him from his works on french TV and movies, I can’t picture him in any role in DoFP. Whoever he’s gonna play, I’m in for a surprise.

  14. If they are going to do the Hellfire Club, I would to see it the exact way it was in the comic. Take Emma Frost out of the Xmen and put her back in with the powers she had in the original comic as the White Queen. Not the glittery diamond skin crap! Also, I’d like to see a re-working of the whole Phoenix/Dark Phoenix story line. They totally BLEW it with the movies so far Dont ruin the Colossus character in the movie by making him gay like they did in the comic! BOO!! And can we PLEASE do something with Hallie Berry/ Storm’s hair!! First movie, horrible wig, second movie, tacky horrible wig!! Obviously they are paying Hallie enough to get a mohawk, so let’s come up with something better than they have in 3 movies

    • Looks like someone hasn’t seen X-Men First Class, or read the original comics in a VERY long time… And what’s wrong with gays? It’s not the writer’s fault if you have a problem with them. Also, to hell with Storm’s mohawk punkette look! I don’t know what the artist smoked that day but it was a bad idea from the start and in total contradiction with her character. I’d love Halle Berry to finally have Ororo’s classic regal look with the long hair, the black diadem and the long floating cape.