X-Men: Days Of Future Past – Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore & Ellen Page Confirmed29.01.13 # Sequel # 3 Comments
It’s going to get a little crowded during production… Anna Paquin and Shawn Ashmore, who played Rogue and Iceman in the original X-Men trilogy will return for Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past, along with Ellen Page, who played Shadowcat in X-Men: The Last Stand.
Future Past is the sequel to 2011’s excellent X-Men: First Class and already has Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart confirmed. The film is based in the popular arc from the Uncanny X-Men comics, in which the team are sent to a dystopian future where Sentinels rule the earth and mutants are imprisoned in concentration-like camps.
The announcement begs the question – who else will turn up in the sequel? There are rumours that Famke Janssen will appear again as Jean Grey, but we’ll see. What kind of roles will the confirmed cast have? How many of the big players are just cameos? Singer is keeping details pretty close to the chest but the appearances of a number of past characters is there to link the two sets of films together, making one huge X-Men shaped film universe.
Singer: “It’s epic. I don’t think people realize how big this movie’s going to be. We get to bring both casts together. We’ve cracked it in a way that it makes sense. I had a two-hour conversation with James Cameron about time travel, string theory, multiverses and all that. You have to create your rules and stick wtih them. That’s why Terminator and Back To The Future work so well. And there are certain mechanisms in X-Men, certain powers, perceptions and characters, that make this possible. …I’m taking into account every movie – I’m not just grabbing my first two movies and First Class and smashing them together. I’m taking into account the entire universe as it’s been laid out so far on the screen, and really respecting it and trying to work with that. People took things in various directions, so there’s some clean-up. But ultimately I’m not just ignoring them either.”
X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released July 18th next year (long wait). Filming begins in the next few weeks once Jennifer Lawrence is finished with The Hunger Games sequel.