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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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Bryan Singer has tweeted a new photo:

It seems that it could be the practical set for the model that he tweeted a little less than a month ago:

No word yet as to what this building is. Speculation is this is Xavier’s underground facility and that is the most likely bet at this juncture. It will depend what these walls get painted and fitted with. If it’s shiny grey, then we have our answer.

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Bryan Singer has tweeted an image of Xavier’s iconic wheelchairs, but has anyone else noticed that there is a poster for The Wolverine on the wall of the cubicle behind them?

Specifically this one.

The Wolverine International Poster

The Wolverine International Poster

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Scott and Jean in X3Petitions have become a bit of the rage lately, it’s a quick and easy way for large groups of people to get their point across, such as the current petition to cancel Avengers Arena. They can also be just for fun, like my favorite, the petition to the US Government to build a Death Star.

The latest petition I’ve come across is for Bryan Singer to have James Marsden reprise his role as Cyclops for Days of Future Past. Here is what it has to say:

The fans of X-men would like to see James Marsden return to the screen in the next X-men First Class: Days of Future past film as Cyclops. We are hoping to get Bryan Singer to see that there are still Cyclops fans out there that want to see him return. Especially with Cyclops being the leader of X-men! Since James Marsden left with Bryan Singer to do Superman and that’s the reason Cyclops was given an untimely ending, we think it’s only fair to see James Marsden reprise his role! Please sign so we can take notice of the return that his character deserves!

Certainly no one will claim that Cyclops was given anything close to a great role in the X-Men movies. Then when Marsden was unavailable for X3 he was given one of the most pointless death scenes of all time. So what would be achieved by bringing him back?

Everything.

The comic Days of Future Past is about time travel and changing the future. We don’t know at this time if the DOFP movie is supposed to change things so that the original movies happen… or change things so that the original movies didn’t happen. All we know is that there will be an apocalyptic type world in the future which could easily be post-X3 and that is what needs to be stopped from happening. It’s very possible that in doing so they change things so either just X3 doesn’t happen, or X2, 3 or X1,2,3.  Or, those movies remain untouched altogether. Anything goes right now, especially when considering that The Wolverine is canon post-x3 and DOFP could affect the continuity of his film.

So, having Cyclops character show up could do one of two things:

  • Prove that there is already an alt universe that, by being changed, makes the original movies happen.
  • Prove that the original movies are now alt-universe and a new canon universe has been created.

All this is done by just having Cyclops alive either at the beginning (when the time traveler is sent back) or end of the movie (I assume we’ll get a last glimpse of the future unless they want to be cruel and leave it up in the air).

Granted, Cyclops isn’t the only character who died, but he is the most telling. Jean, well, she is known to die and come back so that’s up in the air (plus she might already have come back in The Wolverine). The Professor was already hinted at still being alive. Cyclops would have the most impact as a ‘game changer’.

So the question is… will he be back? Well, there has been no word from Singer who has been making casting announcements via twitter. The thing is, DOFP hasn’t even started filming yet and it’s not like Marsden would have to do much, film wise, so even if he is working on a project he could spare the day or two of filming needed, after all, he did it for his death in X3. So he could literally be brought in at last minute… or even kept ‘hush hush’ as a surprise like with Wolverine in First Class.

If I was going to use Cyclops to show the future had changed that dramatically I would totally try to keep it quiet just to get some zing in at the ending of DOFP.

But if he never planned to bring Cyclops back, would a petition like this make a difference? As I said, there is a long way to go until the cut off time to bring Marsden in for filming. I guess it just depends on how much of an effect a living Cyclops would have on the storyline. In truth, I don’t think it would have any more effect on Singer’s decisions than all the other factors he’d have to look into for doing such a thing. It’s like the peititon to cancel Avengers Arena, Marvel only cares about the bottom line of the sales figures. I’m sure if Singer wanted Cyclops in the movie, or didn’t want Cyclops, then such things have already been decided or at least in the works.

Of course, Singer could also be cheeky about the whole and bring Cyclops into the story… as Alex’s younger brother.

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Bryan Singer tweeted a sset design meeting at Mell’s studio in Montreal:

What can we see here?

  • It’s a long, straight building, with what looks like an entrance on the side.
  • The entrance itself is kinda reminiscent of the door to Xavier’s underground facilities in the past movies but it looks like there may be steps there.
  • It also has the same kind of hard curved lines that seem to me made for shiny metal.
  • The layout to the side looks like a topographical map, like this will be near a lake.

At first blush, I do think this is an X-Men facility, likely the one under the mansion, but since it’s a massive build it would have to be McAvoy’s set, which makes sense, Xavier had to build it sometime. However, the map makes it seem like this won’t be under anything but a free-standing structure.

So on second thought this could be the Brotherhood’s hideout. Magneto has to set up shop somewhere and there was talk this movie might be more about him and his side of things anyway.

Basically, I really can’t see them doing such a massive build on anything other than these two things.  Even looking at the original DOFP storyline and the original films they haven’t really built those size of sets for anything else. Single rooms, sure, but a complex that size? I mean, look at it, that’s like the length of a strip mall at least.

But, like all things, only time will tell.

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