A few weeks ago, director Bryan Singer confirmed that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan would be returning to the X-Men series in the next installment, Days of Future Past, which features a time travel plotline guaranteed to make the franchise’s already-tangled continuity totally not confusing whatsoever. Now, Singer has announced via tweet that an even bigger X-Men power player will join the Future Past squad. “I would officially like to welcome @RealHughJackman to the cast of
#Xmen Days of Future Past. Very excited! More to come…” said Singer.
It’s not clear just how involved Jackman will be in the prequel-sequel. He had a 10-second cameo in First Class — which you can watch here in Russian — and given that Jackman has a full-fledged Wolverine solo movie in 2013, it’s easy money that he’ll just have a supporting role in Days of Future Past. (My Theory: He’ll pop up in a post-apocalyptic future, which will actually be the present, and he’ll be around just long enough for something like this to happen.)
It could be that Fox will follow the Marvel Studios method and try to tie Future Past into The Wolverine, which is apparently set in a non-apocalyptic future. Then again, since Wolverine is functionally immortal, maybe he’ll run into the ’60s versions of the X-Men again, which would technically make Days of Future Past an interquel within X-Men Origins: Wolverine. My nose is bleeding! Regardless, this news means that Jackman will have appeared in all seven X-Men movies, not to mention his non-canon team-up with Korean rapper PSY.
If you’re interested, Singer has been tweeting various Future Past-related updates, including a location-scouting trip of Washington, D.C., with screenwriter Simon Kinberg and a meeting with his production designer. Based on those tweets, we can confirm that the movie involves mountains and Abraham Lincoln.
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