Hugh Jackman wasn't kidding when he said that X-Men: Days of Future Past wouldn't just be a sequel or reboot of the X-Men series, but a family reunion of almost everyone who appeared in the past. With the younger stars of the first films - Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) and Rogue (Anna Paquin) - all returning to their superhero roles, it seemed like it would only be a matter of time until director Bryan Singer got around to confirming that Colossus would make the reunion of younger heroes complete.
Thankfully, Singer has taken to Twitter to tease the return of Daniel Cudmore (Colossus from X2 and X-Men 3: The Last Stand), as well as a few new faces for roles that hint at the larger arcs - and villains - that may be making their way into the story.
The reveal came courtesy of a photo Singer tweeted showing a wall full of headshots of the award-winning actors already returning, with a few as-yet-unannounced faces, and some obvious missing pieces. Have a look:
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) March 15, 2013
Cudmore's photo jumped out immediately, meaning that the fan-favorite hero Colossus will be given another chance to shine onscreen (pun intended), being one of the high points of X-Men 3. As much as we'd hope to see more of Piotr Rasputin's past explored in the film, it's more likely that Colossus will be called upon for his special effects, not his complicated backstory.
One of Cudmore's Twilight Saga co-stars will be joining him in the shift from vampires and werewolves to time-travelers and alternate realities, as Boo Boo Stewart is also joining the cast in an unknown role. But the far more telling addition is that of Chinese actress Fan Bingbing's, reported to be playing the mutant known as 'Blink.' In the comic books, Blink was a young woman gifted with the ability to teleport herself and those around her. She would go on to become the leader of the Exiles, as well as playing key roles in a few X-Men arcs.
For comic book fans, the inclusion of Blink could be yet another sign that the "Age of Apocalypse" storyline is going to be a major factor in the reality-hopping plot of Days of Future Past. If Apocalypse isn't going to be showing up (meaning Omar Sy isn't playing him), then adding Blink for her abilities alone seems too coincidental.
For now we trust that Bryan Singer has a plan, and rest easy knowing that even if Apocalypse doesn't make an appearance, the Sentinels will still be on hand to deliver some exciting action sequences. Whether those are taking place in the modern world or a dystopic future is anyone's guess.
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, and yes, Halle Berry.
X-Men: Days of Future Past releases on July 18, 2014.
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