James McAvoy on ‘Days of Future Past’: Biggest & Most Epic ‘X-Men’ Movie Yet

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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.”

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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.
Source: IGN

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  1. OK, cool. Just get it right.

    • I don’t think they will, with Bryan Singer, Matthew Vaughn and one of the best casts of seen on board, I’d be very surprised to see the film end up being a miss. Though there is still the possibility, so if it does end up failing, I don’t see the X-Men franchise making a comeback.

    • The problem with the “just get it right” frame of mind is that 1000 people will have 1000 different ideas of what “just get it right” means. It is a stupid way to approach it.

      • 1001. Bring in Cyclops.

        • And Nightcrawler.

          • And Gambit and Angel.

            Bring those 4 back and I’ll be the most happy X-Men fan.

      • Sorry wjrxyz but “just get it right” isn’t a stupid approach. They’ve managed to take a good and viable franchise and jacked it up. Singer jumped ship to do the return of Superman or whatever it was called and screwed that up big time. The first X movie got a pass because of what it was. The 1st. The second movie was an improvement and was headed in a good direction. Nightcrawler was an excellent addition. Then you don’t bring him back. The 3rd was horrible. They took a classic story line and SCREWED it up. The original Phoenix Saga was awesome. X-men First Class was cool, but created more inconsistencies. Oh and before you think I’m just some fanboy ranting I’m not. I understand you can’t do everything going from books to movies; I get that. Otherwise you end up with 3 to 3 1/2 hour movies and no one wants that again. But if you can’t do it right or in a way that makes sense then don’t do it. The original Days of Futures Past was another classic story. And they’ve decided to alter already. It was Kitty Pride that did the time jump not Logan. Kitty was chosen because she would’ve still been susceptible to psychic attacks. So with that said wjrxyz, I go back to my original statement. Just get it right.

  2. Kinda bummed he won’t have many scenes with Michael Fassbender, it was one of the main reasons why I thought First Class was so great. Though, I am now pretty excited to see McAvoy’s chemistry with Jackman and Hoult.

    • First class was great because the chemistry between fassbender and mccavoy. It will be missed

  3. You forgot BoBo(sP?) Stewart….

  4. I am very excited. First Class showed us X-Men films are here to stay. It was a great comeback movie for the franchise. This film should add icing to the cake. Singer still has the best 2 X films out there. I look forward to his take on DOFP.

    • I just hope this does not turn into an “upside-down cake”. Maybe I should just have a piece of pie?
      (A little honey-pie would be nice…!).

  5. Good, because none of the X-Men movies have felt epic so far.

    • I think this might actually be the best X-men movie so far.

    • Truth +1. Not epic and not quite Marvel.

  6. Why are the fanboys always coming on these comment sections? Seriously, isn’t it tiring talking about how it better get it right because previous ones sucked? I guess you guys have nothing else better to do. I predicted to see comments like this when I clicked on the page.

    • So you don’t want X-Men fans commenting on X-Men movies? Nice logic.

      Also, not being much of an X-Men fan myself but enjoying the old 90s cartoon and some of the comic books, why can’t I have the opinion that previous X-Men movies (other than The Wolverine) sucked?

      Should everyone pretend that every movie that ever existed is amazing and worthy of 5 stars?

      • I think it’s more of a comment aimed at people who state their opinion as fact. Some people come on here to rant about how Fox has ruined the franchise, which opinion, but also how the films are terrible, no one likes em, waste of time etc, which is wrong. The films have all been financially successful, and most critically successful.

        Or maybe it’s aimed at the fanboys who constantly comment on how it’s not cannon, or how it can’t be good without Cyclops, where is the original team, those relationships between certain characters are stupid etc. The direction of the film series was started 15 years ago. It’s time to move on if your not happy with the film series.

        Yes, it’s a free world, and this is a comment section in a comic book movie article on the internet, so expect opinions to be expressed. But I think it’s a fair question to ask someone whose hated the X Films from the start, why are you still here, harshing my buzz? They are not going to change anytime soon.

        • Simply put, when you see what Marvel has done with it’s properties as opposed to Sony or Fox, you realize the latter 2 rank a distant second when it comes to realizing Marvel’s vision.

          • First Class is in my top 5 comic book movies of all time. The only “Marvel” movie I put in there is Iron Man.

    • But you clicked here.
      I know what you like.

  7. You guys need to post that article with Evan Peters speaking about Quicksilver, he basically just confirmed (for the 2nd time) that his character is NOT Magneto’s son. How can they be when they are living in the same year, right?
    I’m sure the comment section for that will be FUN TO READ hahaha

  8. “Potentially” is like a double edge sword that can cut both ways but here is hoping that it is. I would love to see it be epic!

  9. I’m looking forward to this movie.

  10. if they were to tie his hands, could he still use his powers. jajaja

  11. Yo… This movie….. This…. FRICKIN MOVIE…. Is going to be amazing. I want to see no trolls… None.

    • No actually…. Actually…. LEGENDARY is a more fitting title for this movie. Enough said.

  12. McAvoy, boring, as is Beast, and Wolverine is way over-rated and over-used. Reboot the whole darned mess, and get Cyclops out front and center!!!

    • Goldilocks you g****** troll! I said I wanted to see none of this bullcrap! You lack discipline.

      • lololololol reminds me of Schwarzenegger in kindergarten cop

  13. X-MEN!!! Its better be good. The only thing i don’t like about Singer is that he is a fan of Wolverine and thus makes him leading all the time.

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  15. The movie is about 9 months away. Can’t we get some type of teaser trailer by now?

  16. I would hope it would be bigger than any marvel movie made, not just the best out of the xmen films cause that would be too easy.

    • the people involved probablly think it will be, but to say it would make them look pretentious.

      I think this movie will be something special, and more than likely one of the best of the genre ever

  17. It seems cool. let’s hope for the best!

  18. You people make me laugh…

    “Please get it right!”

    “Let’s hope for the best”

    What does it matter? Even if it’s complete bollocks you will still turn out in droves to see what drivel they’ve hacked together next.

    I obsessed with X-Men comics as a kid. I still have thousands of them in my attic.

    The X-Men franchise only makes half decent films. I’m still holding out for their “epic” creation. Hasn’t happened yet. X2 was closest, and it’s a far cry from legendary.

    I guess we’ll just have to wait for the Apocalypse.