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Ian McKellen Back On X-Men Duty
Patrick Stewart also set for Future Past

28 November 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Bryan Singer

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The two X-Men continuities – those established by Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner and the prequel story from Matthew Vaughn’s First Class – look set to merge with Days Of Future Past. Singer, who has taken over directorial duties for the film, has announced via Twitter that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen will return in some capacity.

What exactly the pair – who originated the roles of Professor Charles Xavier and Erik “Magneto” Lensherr in the original 2000 X-Men – will be doing is anyone’s guess at this point, though Singer did tell Deadline, “The movie is called X-Men: Days Of Future Past, use your imagination.” He went on to say that there’s more to come, though he’s busy at the moment prepping for the new film and, er, taking time out to visit Peter Jackson as The Hobbit premieres in New Zealand.

But before you start worrying that McKellen’s return means no Fassbender this time, stay calm: Singer also wrote that he, along with James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, are all officially signed to return. Not shocking news, but it’s nice to hear it given the Singer stamp of authenticity.

Speculation has already begun about a framing device with the older Prof and Magento, though given the comic run’s time-jumping nature, it sounds like the two timelines are about to meet… X-Men: Days Of Future Past will hit our screens on July 18, 2014.


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RE: They're making the wrong movie
They should call it the X-PENDABLES AGAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111eleven More

Posted by UTB at 22:14 on 29 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: They're making the wrong movie
L: waltham1979 I hope this is all a clever ploy to make X-Men: The Last Stand actually not ever of happened?! ts hopefully a clever ploy to make First Class make sense. More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 20:27 on 29 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Ian McKellen Back On X-Men Duty
this is all a clever ploy to make X-Men: The Last Stand actually not ever of happened?! ere's hoping L: Chis Seriously!? You think Superman Returns is better than X2!? I actually didn't mind Superman Returns much but X2 is a million times better and to me still the best X-Men film to date. t still is. Superman Returns is my main worry about Singer back directing. More

Posted by rich at 17:57 on 29 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Oh NOOO again.
That's your opinion dude and fair enough to it. All I can say is that I really enjoyed X2. The love triangle thing, yeah could of been done better but it summed up the 3 of them in comics. Logan pining over Jean while disliking Cyclops for being with her while Jean flirting with idea of Logan but never submitting to it (well at first anyway) showing they have flaws and are tempted by basic instincts like everyone else. I'm looking forward to Singer back in charge of X-Men, First Class was More

Posted by Chis at 15:30 on 29 November 2012 | Report This Post

Oh NOOO again.
Yes, as someone has questioned the validity of stating that Superman Returns is better than X2 I will respond. X2 is an improvement on the dull X1. The scale and action are better but in both films the "human" interaction is useless in the extreme and I just didn't care about the relationships between characters, especially the love triangle idea. If Jean really loved Cyclops then why would she chuck him for a bit of rough. There is no development that shows anything beyond fancying each other More

Posted by ericcoyle at 13:29 on 29 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Oh no!
L: ericcoyle Seeing as Singer is an incredibly dull director whose best film since Usual Suspects is easily Superman Returns and his X Men films are dullsville personified and the trailer for Jack the Giant fella is desperately underwhelming (effects and camera angles we have seen time and time again in so many generic "fantasy" films) then this is nothing but bad news. The story lines don't connect anyway, the ages of the characters are completely wrong for a start given the 60's sett More

Posted by Chis at 10:10 on 29 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: They're making the wrong movie
I hope this is all a clever ploy to make X-Men: The Last Stand actually not ever of happened?! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 08:57 on 29 November 2012 | Report This Post

They're making the wrong movie
I think the X-men movie we all want is Michael Fassbender in Magneto: Nazi Hunter More

Posted by Alan at 16:16 on 28 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Oh no!
L: ericcoyle Seeing as Singer is an incredibly dull director whose best film since Usual Suspects is easily Superman Returns and his X Men films are dullsville personified and the trailer for Jack the Giant fella is desperately underwhelming (effects and camera angles we have seen time and time again in so many generic "fantasy" films) then this is nothing but bad news. The story lines don't connect anyway, the ages of the characters are completely wrong for a start given the 60's setting More

Posted by Dannybohy at 15:43 on 28 November 2012 | Report This Post

Can't see how the new Wolverine film can be set after Last Stand, considering he's playing with samurai and the ripped shot of him is with adamantium-less claws. Unless the film is 80% flashback. I'm sure I read somewhere that the film is a standalone. More

Posted by LSJShez at 15:38 on 28 November 2012 | Report This Post

Re : x-men 4
No! This is a squeal to First Class, But will contain Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as the story it's based on see's the future of the mutant race so I'm guessing they will be there - also contains a bit of time travel - I was hoping for Bishop or Cable but Patrick and Ian will do. However it's rumored that the new wolverine movie will be set AFTER the event of Last Stand so it could be said that is the new 'X-men 4' film. But in both cases I'm waiting to see how they work this push in the More

Posted by Gazzabrook at 13:22 on 28 November 2012 | Report This Post

Oh no!
Seeing as Singer is an incredibly dull director whose best film since Usual Suspects is easily Superman Returns and his X Men films are dullsville personified and the trailer for Jack the Giant fella is desperately underwhelming (effects and camera angles we have seen time and time again in so many generic "fantasy" films) then this is nothing but bad news. The story lines don't connect anyway, the ages of the characters are completely wrong for a start given the 60's setting of First More

Posted by ericcoyle at 12:50 on 28 November 2012 | Report This Post

X-Men 4?
is this basically X4? More

Posted by Hughezyvstheworld at 10:47 on 28 November 2012 | Report This Post

My bet is that 20th Century Fox will do a Star Trek....
Mystique (Human self) will go back in time to tell her younger self to kill Magneto thus rendering X-Men 1 - 3 redundant, reboot the series and do a BETTER Dark Phoenix saga. What would be cool is if we see a young Franklin Richards in the film or someone walking past graves of the Fantastic Four, as in the 1981 2-Issues Uncanny X-Men run....You never know. Mark Millar's influence may be the best thing to happen to 20th Century Fox. Oh...and Matthew Vaughan confirmed as director of Star Wars Epi More

Posted by Holbydude at 09:37 on 28 November 2012 | Report This Post

Does that mean ...
... we'll get Fassbender and McKellen in the same room as two ages of Magneto, perhaps even having a scrap?! That would be AMAZING. More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:27 on 28 November 2012 | Report This Post

McAvoy, Stewart, McKellan and The FASS on board??? This is seriously turning out to be one for the ages...You can tell Singer's back in full control...he's the one who got the tone right with the first ones before all went to hell after he left for a while. He's this film's biggest asset. More

Posted by ronniem at 08:16 on 28 November 2012 | Report This Post

great news
I think it's easy to forget how left field it was seeing these two classic actors in the first X-Men movie. Good actors will always recognise a juicy role when they see one, and they took the bite. Pure class. More

Posted by Normal Control at 00:48 on 28 November 2012 | Report This Post

great news
I think it's easy to forget how left field it was seeing these two classic actors in the first X-Men movie. Good actors will always recognise a juicy role when they see one, and they took the bite. Pure class. More

Posted by Normal Control at 00:47 on 28 November 2012 | Report This Post

Hurrah!
This is great news. Ian McKellan was always my favourite thing about the first X-men trilogy and Michael Fassbender did a great job playing the younger version of the character of Magneto. So excited about this. More

Posted by Mulholland Empire at 23:54 on 27 November 2012 | Report This Post

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