Saturday, March 2, 2013

Future Past giving X-Men the Star Trek-style reboot?

As you may have heard by now, the next X-Men film will be titled X-Men: Days of Future Past, a name that reveals--for those in the comic know--a massively awesome plotline for the next X-film. Technically, the film is a sequel to X-Men: First Class, but it looks like it will be much more than that. First off, director Matthew Vaughn has been replaced by the director of the first two X-Men films, Bryan Singer.

So, comic-related spoilers ahead. You've been warned.

In the classic X-Men: Days of Future Past storyline from Chris Claremont, Kitty Pryde travels back from a dystopic future to... eh, here's the summary from Wikipedia:
The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men's failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future.
Obviously the cinematic X-Men universe is different from that of the comics, and after X-Men: First Class (my review of that film is here) established young Xavier played by James McAvoy and Magneto played Michael Fassbender, along with (new Oscar winner) Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique. It's likely they'll be the focal points of the story, but Ellen Page is set to return as Kitty Pryde. Good news is that the original Magneto and Professor X are also set to return, as Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart have both signed on, so time jumping is definitely going to happen. This means we'll be seeing a bunch of actors from the original movies.
So far, Hugh Jackman is on board, along with Page, Anna Paquin (Rogue) and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), while Halle Barry (Storm) is ninety-percent sure she'll return.

What is interesting is the potential this storyline has to effectively erase the original three (or four if you include X-Men Origins: Wolverine) X-Men films and start over, sort of like JJ Abrams' Star Trek.

Meanwhile, in the most awesome piece of news you are ever going to hear, Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage has singed on to play an as-yet-unnamed villain. Who's he playing? I couldn't care less. It's Dinkage, people!

So that's everything that's in so far. Rumor has it filming starts in May.

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