Since confirming Hugh Jackman would return to play Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer’s recently reactivated Twitter account has been silent on the X-Men news front, and there’s at least one person hoping that changes in the near future: Famke Janssen.
In this X-Men movie news roundup, we also have the latest official still for Twentieth Century Fox’s The Wolverine as well as never-before-seen concept art for X-Men: First Class, featuring costume designs that didn’t quite make the cut.
First, let’s talk about the Jean Grey AKA Phoenix, who was seemingly killed of in X-Men: The Last Stand. In October, rumors had Famke Janssen making her way to Australia to film a cameo for The Wolverine, which if true, we assumed would be for some sort of flashback sequence since the film takes place after the X-Men trilogy and deals with Hugh Jackman’s Logan feeling the downside of immortality after losing another loved one in Jean Grey. Since that time, Jackman did confirm that a character from the X-Men trilogy would be making a cameo in The Wolverine.
With the next film in the franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past, dealing with time travel and attempting to bridge the gaps between all of the films, it’s plausible that Jean Grey could make a reappearance there as well, potentially allowing Bryan Singer to rewrite what he didn’t love about X-Men 3 (see: X-Men 2 co-writer Mike Dougherty on what X-Men 3 could have been). Chatting with Collider, Janssen claimed that she’s not yet chatted with Singer about the the next X-Men film.
“If you run into Bryan Singer, just tell him I’ve been sitting by the phone, I’ve been hearing rumors of all these people getting cast; what about me? I’m waiting!”
Janssen did however, play it cool with MTV a few months back where she told fans to “stay tuned,” teasing the idea of a Phoenix return:
“One never knows. Jean Grey, the Phoenix … she finds a way to reincarnate herself constantly, so one never knows.”
As for who’s officially returning, Fox released a new image for The Wolverine featuring Jackman, enraged, claws out, ready to brawl in what looks to be a Japanese apartment.:
As for Days of Future Past – a film Bryan Singer promises won’t feature black leather outfits – the film that came before it did feature superhero duds, retro-inspired ones that paid respect to the original X-Men comics. However, they almost looked quite a bit different as depicted in this concept art by Thomas Whitehouse, featuring Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy).
Check out the concepts below for their heavy-on-the-blue costumes, as well as designs for key locations and Azazel’s bladed weapons.
The Wolverine is directed by James Mangold off of Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie’s screenplay. It stars Hugh Jackman, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Rila Fukushima.
The Wolverine hits theaters July 26, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18th, 2014.
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