All You Need to Know About X-Men: Days of Future Past

Since Bryan Singer took a seat in the director’s chair it seems like there’s been a bit of news cropping up on an almost daily basis. So it seemed best to try and gather everything known about the film so far.

The Old Team’s Back Together (Almost)

The first bit of news to emerge after Bryan Singer took over the project was the return of Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. He tweeted about their return on the same day that he welcomed back the First Class stars James McAvoy, Micheal Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult. Then in December Bryan Singer announced that Hugh Jackman was also onboard. Which brings us up to a few days ago (26th of January to be precise) when Bryan Singer once again took to Twitter to tell his fans about the return of Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore.

So why the “almost”? Well January Jones (Emma Frost) spoke to Collider, telling them that she hadn’t been told anything about Days of Future Past and that it didn’t seem likely she would return. January Jones said, “I don’t know that I’m in it, I don’t think Emma’s in this one. Well they haven’t told me if I am (laughs). I wouldn’t put it past them though, I got the script for the first one on the airplane on the way there.”

And then there’s Famke Janssen who had expressed interest in returning but she has also heard nothing from Singer. She was recently interviewed by Collider and ended the interview by saying, “If you run into Bryan Singer, just tell him I’ve been sitting by the phone, I’ve been hearing rumors of all these people getting cast; what about me?  I’m waiting…”

With the scope of such a film there’s a chance that Jean Grey won’t be a part of it. After all this isn’t just an ensemble film, it’s a film about two teams in two different periods of time interacting with each other (potentially). And if Bryan Singer is following the continuity left by Brett Ratner (as he hints to in his tweet) then explaining the return of Jean Grey might be one plot line too many.

Mark Millar is Really Excited About it

Mark Millar is now a creative consultant for Fox and that means he’s doing for them what Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige are doing for Marvel. He’s been overseeing all of the Marvel franchises currently being developed at 20th Century Fox and SFX got the lucky chance to speak with him. When they asked about the multiple roles in the film and how they could all possibly fit, Mark Millar had this to say:

“It has actually been very well put together – Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn worked on it together and they are both great at what they do. Then Bryan Singer came in, and, of course, he is Mr X-Men and he knows exactly how everything works. Just look at these first two X-Men movies: despite the huge cast of characters it all came together really well. These two movies never felt like overload and the balance was really, really good. On the other hand I thought the third film felt crowded, but then Singer is excellent at working with ensemble casts. So with this one I feel it is all fine. I have read the screenplay and it doesn’t feel rushed and it doesn’t feel like it is too many characters.”

There Will be Sentinels

Fans of X-Men have been excited about the possibility of finally seeing the Sentinels making an appearance for years. SFX asked Millar about those too,

“I don’t really want to give too much away but the Sentinels are a big feature of this story. They will be cool and this will deliver on all of the teasers. We’ve all been waiting for this ever since X-Men: The Last Stand showed us one of their heads. Now it is finally coming, and we only have to pay ten quid to see it in the cinema whereas they’re having to pay $100 million to deliver it. So I’m delighted [laughs].”

Kitty Pryde Might Finally Get a Big Role 

In the comics Kitty Pryde has a crucial role to play in the story. It is Kitty Pryde’s future self who comes back in time to warn the young X-Men of what the future holds. When asked about her Millar warned the interviewer that he couldn’t really say much.

“Ach, I cannae get into that [laughs]. As soon as I say something it will turn into a big internet story. Let me put it this way though: Kitty Pryde fans will not be disappointed.”

To read the interview with Mark Millar in its entirety you can find it on the SFX website.

It Will Be Set in The 70s…

…Or at least the portions of the film set in the past (or present). acquired a screengrab of a casting call that specifically said “Most of the Film takes place in 1973“. That’s ten years after the events of First Class. And just in case you were curious what sort of things are mentioned in these casting calls, the potential actors have been asked to let their hair grow “as well as sideburns, moustaches and beards.” Because hey, it’s the 1970s!

So there you have it, all you needed to know in time for the next big update, which knowing Bryan Singer, will probably hit his Twitter page any time soon.

Sources: Twitter, Collider, SFX,

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