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Part of me is really mad that she’s once again getting the short end of the stick in these films (I will never forgive X3), but part of me is kinda glad that she won’t be in the official canon of the film because they were probably going to screw her up even worse anyway.

via Cinemablend

dofp_rogue_iceman_magnetoBryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past promises to bring together multiple generations of the mutant superhero team, with the worlds of the original X-Men trilogy and Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class colliding, but today it has been sadly announced that one fan-favorite character has been axed from the final cut of the film. During a recently interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director revealed that Anna Paquin, who plays Rogue in the cinematic X-Men series, is no longer going to appear in next summer’s blockbuster.

The detail was uncovered when Singer explained how a rescue sequence that was shot in the beginning of production on the movie ended up needing to get cut. The scene features Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Rogue (Anna Paquin), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), but Singer says that it ultimately affected the pacing of the film negatively. The good news, however, is that we will be able to see it someday. Explained the filmmaker,

“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous. It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”

I must say that this is kind of a bummer. The last time we saw Rogue, in X-Men: The Last Stand, she had received the mutant “cure” and was going on to try and live a normal life. Thanks to the last shot of Magneto in the movie we know that the “cure” ended up being temporary, but what then what happened to Rogue? We won’t get an answer to that question until the movie comes out on home video some time next fall, and it sounds like they won’t be getting too deep into the material. Maybe she will play a crucial role in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse?

X-Men: Days of Future Past may not include Paquin, but it does have a full roster of familiar faces. From the original trilogy we will once again get to see Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Daniel Cudmore,while returning First Class members include James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult. Joining the franchise in new roles will be Adam Canto, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, and Fan Bing Bing. You can watch the teaser trailer for the movie below, and catch the full thing in theaters on May 23, 2014.

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Little is officially known about the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, which was announced two weeks ago, but thanks to director Bryan Singer we now have an idea of who is behind the scenes for the sequel. Singer tweeted about a “Late night X-Men Apocalypse story session” last night and the photo included not only Singer and X-Men: Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg, but also X2: X-Men United screenwriters Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris! This marks the first time since “X2” that Dougherty and Harris have worked on an X-Men film. Though it remains to be seen who will officially pen the screenplay for the sequel, it’s certainly exciting to see former franchise writers return to the series.

In addition, Singer added “It’s snowing in Egypt!” to his tweet, which might seem unrelated but Egypt was in fact the birth place of Apocalypse/En Sabah Nur’s in the original source material.

Created by Louise and Walter Simonson, Apocalypse made his debut in X-Factor #6. The character’s most popular storyline, “The Age of Apocalypse,” ran in the X-Men books beginning in 1995. Set in a parallel reality formed by interference to the timeline, “The Age of Apocalypse” saw Professor Charles Xavier murdered before he could form the X-Men. Instead, a very different take on the team began with Magneto leading them through a post-apocalyptic America ruled by mutants.

X-men: Apocalypse will hit the big screen May 27, 2016, while X-Men: Days of Future Past will debut May 23, 2014.

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Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer is both cryptic while dropping a bomb-shell on his twitter feed.

Age of ApocalypseThis seems to say that the sequel to DOFP will be out in 2016 and involve the classic villain: Apocalypse.

It makes a lot of sense to bring in this big baddy, and it looks like they had already decided to do it from the beginning because:

  • In the DOFP trailer the temple they go too may be part of Apocalypse’s cult
  • They brought Blink into the franchise when they didn’t really have to and she’s a descendant of Apocalypse.
  • Post-Apocalyptic (pardon the pun) is really big right now, everyone is using that dystopian feel.
  • Age of Apocalypse was one of the biggest non-616 universes in the comics and was fairly well received.
  • 2016 is also Avengers 2 and if they want to compete then they need to bring in a heavy-hitter.

The problem though with him announcing this now is… well… DOFP hasn’t even come out and he pretty much gives away the Easter-egg reveal (oh no, they saved themselves from Trask but woke up Apocalypse?!) Is he throwing this out there so in 2015 when he starts production people won’t accuse him of ripping off whatever Avengers 2 is doing ala Quicksilver?  Unless Apocalypse doesn’t actually mean the person but just the event and Singer is trolling us (also possible).

An even bigger question is who is going to be fighting him? I would imagine they would want to keep on with the First Class cast unless he managed to talk the Classic cast back to do another picture. Either way, how is this going to fit into the continuity of the films? How much of  a reboot will DOFP be and effect the universe? Will this tie into the X-Force film at all?

So many questions!!

And we’ll just have to wait and see…

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Bryan Singer has sent us another clue to the storyline that DOFP will be following.

First off, this confirms that the mutants did attend the Paris Peace Accords of 1973 as previously assumed. Also, the scene with Nixon which was also teased more than likely directly relates to him giving the speech which is shown in the photo. The fact that apparently things do not end well in Paris must lead to the introduction of Trask and the Sentinels.

One big issue though… if this is happening in 1973, then why, in X-Men, are mutants talked about as if they are something just now being acknowledge? If in ’73 they pull a big enough stunt that the President is giving a speech to a large body of people at possibly the White House itself (which I think will be green-screened in, the way the front is set up kinda looks right for the White House or the Senate House), then how are they pretty much ‘forgotten’ or considered conjecture/nonsense later on? And, of course, no Sentinels exist in the X1-3!future either outside a danger room session.

So, is this the turning point? Is the DOFP!future not actually the X1-3!future, but an alternate future? Then Bishop (likely) is sent back to make sure whatever happens here causes the X1-3!future to come into existence?

From a franchise perspective, I think that’s a bad move. Making sure the X1-3 movies happen and not changing anything means that the stories have no room to grow between DOFP and X-Men. Nothing can be changed or diverged and the drama is lost because you know what’s going to happen. Sure, in FC we knew what was going to happen eventually, it was how it was going to happen that was the key to why FC managed to pull the franchise up. The closer it gets to X-Men though, they won’t have that luxury. Not to mention a reboot allows new, younger actors to come into established roles and keep things going.

Anyway, as much as the word ‘reboot’ grates on me, at least they are using established canon here which could make it totally legit. But perhaps I’m reading this wrong, there is still a lot we don’t know about this storyline and we could end up very surprised.

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You know what else happened in 1973? The end of the Vietnam War. It looks like Days of Future Past will be touching on it as well, and something a little more substantial too, at least that is what I glean from this new image tweeted by Bryan Singer.

I wasn’t sure what was going on here so I went to my father, who was actually in the Vietnam War. He says this is the Paris Peace Accords seeing as the military uniform the extra is wearing is French Military and the people standing behind the line are waving both South and North Vietnamese flags.

The Accords, which negotiated the end of the Vietnam War, took place in January 1973 which puts it directly in the time frame and could open the film. By the fact that the production took the time to actually film an ‘approach’ to the Accords means that they are likely bringing someone of note into the scene, possibly Henry Kissinger, or maybe one of our mutant friends.

X-Men: Origins: Wolverine did make reference to the fact that Logan was in a lot of wars, Vietnam included, so this could be where they cross paths with ‘Present Logan’ if he didn’t time travel back.

I think the biggest question though is why is the Accords so important to the DOFP storyline to garner more than just ‘news reel’ stock shots, was there perhaps hidden agendas in the Accords regarding mutants?


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Bryan Singer has once again tweeted a set photo from Days of Future Past.

Seeing as the movie takes place in 1973, the year of the Watergate Scandal, it was a given that President Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon would be making an appearance. Whether or not this movie actually touches on the scandal though remands to be seen.

The group seem to be looking towards the monitors on the wall. Yes, the monitors are shut off but this is being filmed facing towards them so they are pretty much expected to act against stuff that will be put in later via CGI. Though maybe they are talking to the guy on the sofa, it’s hard to tell really and not sure it matters.

It’s what they are talking about that is the key to this scene. Could it be Trask and his Sentinels? Could it be mutants in general?  I am quite interested in the guy standing in front of the desk, it’s a very important spot. And no one is recognizable except for Nixon, no hints at these gentlemen being characters we’ve already seen as well. One of them could be Mystique though.

Mystique being involved in Watergate… now that would be nice to see.

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We have yet another reveal via twitter from Bryan Singer regarding Days of Future Past.

An extra munches at the Craft Services table in Trask Industries coveralls. This absolutely confirms that Trask will be a thing in DOFP, so likely Bolivar Trask himself will make an appearance, if not be the major villain.  Unless of course this is just a ‘fan service insert’ used to throw us off track. Somehow I doubt that as Trask and the Sentinel program are two major of players in the X-Men mythos, not to mention the comic arc which this is based on, that it wouldn’t make sense for them not to be in the films.

Speculation has run that Peter Dinkledge will be playing Bolivar Trask and this certainly helps that assessment. We’ve yet to see Peter on set to see what kind of costume or wardrobe he is wearing.

I want to also note the color of the company logo. Purple… just like the Sentinels. And doesn’t it kinda look like a robot face? Looks like big purple robots are in our future…

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From SFX

In issue #236 of SFX we talk to director Bryan Singer about X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Due for release July next year, X-Men: Days of Future Past is already causing a stir. Singer shares with SFX just why the newest instalment is the most exciting yet.

“It’s not just another X-Men film; it’s not just about the combined cast as there will be certain technologies and other stuff that we haven’t seen before in the X-Men films.”

“There are also issues of time and we’re messing about with that,” He says of the inclusion of some of the cast from the original trilogy, “I think we’ve got it figured out. I pitched it to James Cameron when I was in New Zealand last year and he said, ‘Yes, that makes sense.’”

“We wanted an opportunity to bring some of the favourite older and younger characters together,” says Singer. Not only are Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and a whole host of the original trilogies cast returning to star but Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) is set to make an appearance, rumoured to be playing villainous Bolivar Trask.

The original comic sees a Future Kitty Pryde going back in time to change a her dystopian future. The film is set to follow much of the same storyline. “We also wanted to play with the notion of different times and stuff like the way that time affects destinies. It enables the film to not just be a sequel to First Class or X-Men 3 but to actually be its own thing.”

You can grab your copy of issue #236 from the 29 May.

Again, DOFP is shaping up to be that film which could be either really good or really bad. The biggest thing in this article is Singer acknowledging that messing with time affects how the future will play out. So is this confirmation that DOFP will make the original films AU so they can start a new timeline? One that basically fixes all the stuff that went wrong? It would be a great way to do a reboot of a film franchise, by actually using an already established plot arc and original actors to do it. It’s not really a ‘reboot’ then is it?

But, again, as much as this sounds good on paper (as I’m sure X3 and X:O:W did), the finished project is still up in the air.

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Bryan Singer has once again tweeted us a picture, this time of Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde.

The first two things: Yes, they fixed her hair and I kinda like that jacket. It’s like Steampunk meets Game of Thrones? Not sure about it being “Kitty-ish” but it’s cool, it’s post-Apocalyptic, I can dig it.

Secondly, that’s Bobby there on the edge almost cropped out of the image. These two are doing a scene together… and the expressions on their faces could literally mean anything…

There is clearly a lot of emotion in Ellen’s eyes… but her hands are clutched in front of her and there is space between them. So the eyes say ‘love’ but the stance say ‘friend zone’.

It doesn’t help that Shawn Ashmore replied to the post with “hello:)”.

So it looks like there is going to be some substance to their appearances in the film beyond cameos as these two do get a chance to talk and obviously there is something between them, unrequited or no. This lends towards the film having some kind of conclusion to the Bobby/Rogue storyline from the first three films… or at least I hope so. Even though I’m a Romy, I would at least like to see something definitive here.

I know, Rogue got the cure and they held hands and all that in X3 but that was just begging for a lot of emotional turmoil and an easily collapsible relationship… as many fan fics have eloquently pointed out.

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Bryan Singer tweeted today a look at his casting board for Days of Future Past. So, what does it tell us?

DOFP Casting Board

From left to right, top to bottom, we have the following:

  • Hugh Jackman – Wolverine
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Mystique
  • James McAvoy – young Xavier
  • Michael Fassbender – young Magneto
  • James Stewart – old Xavier
  • Ian McKellen – old Xavier
  • Nicholas Hoult – young Beast
  • Peter Dinkledge – unknown villian
  • empty space
  • Halle Berry – Storm
  • Ellen Page – Shadowcat
  • Shawn Ashmore – Iceman
  • Omar Sy – unknown
  • Anna Paquin – Rogue
  • space
  • Daniel Cudemore – Colossus
  • space
  • Fan Bingbing – reported to be playing Blink
  • space
  • Booboo Stewart – unknown

So, now that we know who is up there, what does their position on the board mean? It’s unlikely that Singer just picked them out at random (though he could have just moved them around to mess with us). His tweet does mention all the awards this group has won but with Halle Berry, the first African American to win the Best Actress Oscar, dangling off to the side, I doubt that has anything to do with how they are placed.

Notice Hugh Jackman is first and before the original cast members. This again feeds into my opinion that Wolverine will be the time traveler, tying to the two timelines together. That would be a pole position role and worthy of being first. Though I am listening if anyone has a better idea.

Next is Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique. She’s the first of the ‘main three’ and, at a guess, I would think Singer put her there because he couldn’t resist putting the Xavier’s and Magneto’s together (it’s something I would do). It could also be because she just won Best Actress at the Oscars and he did comment about ‘award winners’ (thought I doubt that as it doesn’t seem to have effected the rest of the layout).

McAvoy and Fassbender are next as part of the ‘big three’ with their older counterparts. Stewart and McKellen are going to have a big role in this film, even if it’s just a small scene, because it’s going to be the crux of the film. It stands to reason that they, of all of the previous cast,  would be put up there with their counterparts (that or, again, Singer couldn’t resist putting them together).

Nicholas Hoult comes next which makes sense as he’s Beast and part of the original First Class cast coming back and should have a fairly big role.

Peter Dinklage is the first ‘new’ cast member and he takes a prime position because he’s reported to be the major villain of DOFP. It makes sense that he would be next to the other major roles.

Then we have a space… was this deliberate or is Bryan leaving room for someone who hasn’t been confirmed? Either another villain (to go with Peter) or a former cast member who hasn’t been confirmed as coming back yet, like Cyclops or Jean? Or, such as the case with those two, he took the picture down because that would be a major spoiler?

Here is where it starts to get a little less sure…

Halle Berry is next as Storm, a role that didn’t get a lot of love in the previous films and didn’t have any kind of major sub-plot, not like Jean, or Iceman/Rogue. She could be first simply out of seniority… or maybe Storm will finally get her due? Though if it’s little more than a cameo, it could be that this casting board is a side heavy layout (see thoughts below).

Ellen Page is next and Shadowcat was the time traveler in the original comic storyline. Somehow I doubt if she was that important to the plot in the movie that Singer would put her all the way over there on the end.

Shawn Ashmore as Iceman starts the next row and I have to really wonder if this layout could be side heavy. Mostly because he’s right next to Omar Sy, an actor Bryan specifically told us was added to the film, which hints at Omar having a big role. It makes me wonder if there might be some resolution to the Iceman/Rogue storyline that was prominent in the films and that’s why he’s in a more prominent position next to Omar and under Hugh.

Omar Sy, whose role is still unknown to us, though personally I think he’s Bishop, is on the bottom, but again, I think this is a side heavy layout. Singer specifically welcomed Omar Sy, something he didn’t do with three other people on this board, so it stands to reason that this character has a fairly large role. Bishop would make the most sense as he was the time traveler in the 90s cartoon version of Days of Future Past, but at this time he’s still listed as unknown.

Anna Paquin is next and I want to note that the ROMY in me loves that Omar is between her and Iceman… could this mean what I think it means? The couple is split up? Alas, no Cajun in sight… but again, from what I listed above I do wonder if Rogue/Iceman’s story isn’t going to get a decent treatment/resolution in this story. Though, with a new kid and her own tv show, Anna could be on the bottom towards the end of the line simply cause she can’t spare much time… which completely ruins my thoughts about Omar and this being a side heavy layout.

Again, another space, and then we have Daniel Cudmore who played Colossus in the movies. Seeing as there is a space between two former cast members, could that be a holding spot for another past actor yet to be confirmed (or pulled for spoilers)? Then another space which could mean anything…

Fan Bingbing is the first of the two new unknowns and will be playing Blink apparently. One of Blink’s ancestors, of all people, was Apocalypse. Could this hint at an ‘Age of Apocalypse’ future that they are trying to avoid? Unfortunately there isn’t a lot in her background to go on, plus Singer never announced her like Peter and Omar, and she’s dangling off in the ether over there. Perhaps she’s just a cameo/side character who has a speaking part?

Another space and then we get the lonely Booboo Stewart whose claim to fame is Twilight… yeah, no idea what this guy is playing though he does have ‘walking around with a shirt on’ as a skill-set. And again, he’s a not a very well known actor and is way over there, so probably not a big role.

Well, that’s my thoughts on what this means… until shooting starts in April and we start getting set photos and leaked info, well, it is a guessing game… but a fun game!

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