Each new report and rumor about X-Men: Days of Future Past further indicates that director Bryan Singer is pulling out all the stops. Returning to the franchise that he first shepherded into being in 2000, Singer has managed to persuade a number of the series’ iconic stars to reprise their previous roles.
As production on the film commences, Singer has begun tweeting teaser images of several of these familiar faces – including Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier, Halle Berry as Storm, and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. The latest of these set teasers shows actress Ellen Page (Inception) as fan-favorite character Kitty “Shadowcat” Pryde.
Singer tweeted the image of Page in costume late yesteday.
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Page’s costuming is certainly in keeping with what we’ve seen of the characters from the film’s grim future. Each has had an armored, militarized feel that surely reflects the X-Men’s resistance against the mutant-hunting Sentinels that have taken over the world.
From a promotional standpoint, it makes sense to reintroduce Page along with the more recognizable characters from the early X-Men franchise. The actress’s star has only risen higher since her turn as Shadowcat in X-Men: The Last Stand.
More importantly, Kitty Pryde was the central character and main motivating force of the original comic book version of Days of Future Past. In that landmark storyline, Pryde was one of the few mutant survivors of the Sentinels’ onslaught. She agreed to have her mind sent back in time to prevent the assassination that sparked the anti-mutant crackdown that led to humanity’s downfall.
Given that the primary setting of X-Men: Days of Future Past will be in the 1970s, it is unlikely that Kitty Pryde will be the time traveler sent to undo the rise of the Sentinels during the movie. That said, the character’s prominent presence on-set shows that Singer is devoted to keeping the characters and aesthetic of the comics storyline intact.
Now that we’ve had a glimpse of Kitty Pryde, we just have to see what Rogue (Anna Paquin) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) look like in their robot-haunted future. It will be interesting to see just how well Singer wrangles all of these disparate characters together – not to mention how he connects them to the past days of James McAvoy’s young Professor X.
UPDATE: Commenters with shrewder eyes than mine have pointed out that the bearded gentleman on the left edge of the posted image is almost certainly Shawn Ashmore. Even though it’s not a clear view of the character, it does look as if Singer has slipped our first glimpse of Bobby Drake into his Kitty Pryde reveal. As with the rest of the mutant resistance, Iceman is sporting some decidedly Road Warrior-esque costuming.
X-Men: Days of Future Past will phase into theaters on July 18th, 2014.
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