X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to be one of the biggest releases of 2014. Not only does the film serve as a followup to the impressive prequel X-Men: First Class, it also combines actors from the 2011 hit, such as Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, and those featured in the early X-Men films, like Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman. Not to mention, appearances from Peter Dinkladge and Omar Sy.
James McAvoy, who reprises his role as a young Professor X in the film, discussed the star-studded project in an interview with IGN and managed to make us even more excited for the flick.
“Potentially it’s going to be the biggest, most epic X-Men they’ve ever had,” McAvoy said. “I think it’s the second biggest production Fox have ever embarked upon, behind Avatar. So they’re definitely going for it.”
We know the film is going to be huge, but based on the star’s statements and similar comments made by Jackman last month, it may be better than we imagined. It’s also reasonable to expect that Days of Future Past won’t be just another quickly-thrown-together comic book flick. Director Bryan Singer, who helmed X-Men (2001) and X2 (2003), has proven to be capable of taking themes and plot points from the original comics and making them relevant to today.
McAvoy also revealed that he has far less scenes with Magneto (Fassbender) and instead shares much of his screen time with Wolverine (Jackman) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult).
“Getting to work with Michael again was great. I spent a hell of a lot of time with Nick,” he said of the recently wrapped film. “Weirdly the people that I spent the most time with acting-wise was not Michael this time, it was Hugh and Nick. And whilst I bemoaned the loss of my buddy Michael, it was more than made up for by the fact that Hugh and Nick are such amazing people.”
Though the Scottish born star has headlined massive hits like Wanted and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, his talent remains underrated. After all, moving from riveting dramas like Atonement and The Last King of Scotland to a comic book franchise is impressive. The actor is currently promoting Filth, in which he stars as a bipolar cop with a drug dependency who devises a plan to win back his estranged wife and daughter. Witten and directed by Jon S. Baird, the dramedy could be the role that gets McAvoy more recognition… and Days of Future Past will likely leave an impression as well.
Earlier this year, McAvoy wowed in Danny Boyle’s trippy crime drama Trance and recently generated buzz for his role in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him. The film, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, features Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and Viola Davis. Next year, the 34-year-old will appear in Paul McGuigan’s adaptation of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay.
How do you think X-Men: Days of Future Past will turn out?
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18th, 2014.