Everybody knows that if you wanna make it official these days, the first place you hit is Twitter…and that’s exactly what X-Men: Days Of Future Past director Bryan Singer did yesterday!
OH MAH GAH.
This is HOOGE news for X-Men fanboys and fangirls everywhere as McKellen’s last appearance as Magneto was in 2006 (X-Men: The Last Stand) and Stewart’s as Professor X in 2009 (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and while Fassbender and McAvoy (who’re also returning) have done a great job of giving us the origins of these two men who began as best friends only to sadly (and inevitably) become enemies in X-Men: First Class, it’s McKellen and Stewart who’ve originated the roles and gave them life.
Days of Future Past is based on the storyline from 1981’s The Uncanny X-Men issues #141 and #142 and shows an alternative, dystopian future where mutants find themselves living in internment camps (something Magneto is well familiar with and has said over and over again would happen). In what can only be described as “time travel goodness of the mind”, the older Kitty Pryde transfers her mind into the present-day version of herself and warns the X-Men to prevent the precise (and fatal) moment that triggers the anti-mutant movement.
With this casting news AND Singer’s return to the series after a 12-year absence from the franchise after directing the very first X-Men film in 2000, you’d think your little geek heart couldn’t take any more goodness but I have more for you, so make a little more room.
Singer says that a few tweaks’ll be made to this particular X-Men storyline by making the Fassbender/McAvoy mutants in the go-go 1960s the “present day” storyline and the McKellan/Stewart mutants in the early 21st century the ones trapped in a bleak alternate future, which makes perfect sense. The guess here is that it’ll be the easiest way back for Stewart (his Prof. X was pretty much killed off in 2006′s X-Men: The Last Stand).
With the announcement that newly minted superstar Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult are back to reprise their roles as the younger Mystique and Beast, fans are quick to speculate their hope that Rebecca Romijn and Kelsey Grammer will also be back to play the older versions they originated in X-Men and X-Men: The Last Stand (respectively).
And for those of you wondering about Jean Grey, actress Famke Janssen has hint hint double hinted she’d love to be a part of the cast in an interview last month when she said “One never knows. Jean Grey, the Phoenix … she finds a way to reincarnate herself constantly, so one never knows. But I’m in no position to say anything…stay tuned.” So looks like we’re gonna have to join the “Waitandsee” tribe on this one.
And in true X-Men fashion McKellen will himself a self-induced box office battle as X-Men: Days Of Future Past AND the second installment to The Hobbit film series, There And Back Again (where he reprises his role as Gandalf) are both scheduled to open in theatres on July 18th of next year.
To sum up:
I think I’m in love.
You’ve got drool on you…it’s okay, so do I.
p.s. If you’d like to get the gist of the Days Of Future Past story, don’t panic. X-Men Animated Series did a two parter back in 1993…enjoy!
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