X-Men: Days of Future Past (the cover of EW’s Summer Movie Preview) not only brings original X-Men castmembers, like Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry, together with First Class actors, like Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, but also lures director Bryan Singer back to the franchise. In this exclusive featurette, the director, who helmed X-Men and X2, takes viewers behind the scenes of the May 23 comic book epic, which finds Jackman’s Wolverine sent back in time to stop a mutant/human war, and reveals why he wanted to return to the world of mutants. READ FULL STORY
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There will be one less mutant in this summer’s highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past, which combines the casts of the original X-Men trilogy with those of 2011′s First Class. Director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects) has revealed to EW exclusively that a rescue sequence — shot early in the film’s production and featuring Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Rogue (Anna Paquin), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) — has been cut from the final film. Sadly, this means that Rogue’s screen time has been significantly chopped down as well.
“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous,” explains Singer. “It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”
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Following Thursday’s Instagram tease of the new trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, we have an exclusive look at more aspects of the highly anticipated new film, which hits theaters May 23. Patrick Stewart maneuvers in his new hover-chair as Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence dons full blue mode (and yellow eyes) as Mystique, and Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage addresses the U.S. president as Bolivar Trask, the creator of mutant-hunting robots called Sentinels.
The new film, inspired by Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s beloved 1981 comic-book storyline of the same name, unites the cast from the original X-Men films (Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, etc.) with those from 2011′s prequel First Class (Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult) in a time-bending adventure. The plot follows Wolverine (Jackman) as he travels from the bleak future to the 1970s, sent by Professor X (Stewart) and Magneto (McKellen) to change certain key events.
Bryan Singer, returning to the franchise after directing the first two X-Men films, says Days of Future Past will take viewers on an emotional ride. “The stakes are high, not just for the world and the future but also the stakes of some of the characters,” says the director. “Clearly there was enormous fragmentation between the characters that happened at the end of First Class. That left the characters on a certain path. This movie will show you where those paths lead.”
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Nicholas Hoult has nabbed some coveted roles during his 17-year acting career, which got its first major boost in 2002 when he played the “boy” in About A Boy. These days, the charming 23-year-old Brit (and sometimes beau of Jennifer Lawrence) has graduated into the world of glossy fantasy fare, appearing in films like X-Men: First Class, Warm Bodies, and even… Jack The Giant Slayer. (Hey, two out of three ain’t bad.)
But, like every actor, Hoult, who’s included in this week’s New Hollywood edition of EW, hasn’t won every part he’s wanted. “There are hundreds you audition for and give terrible auditions for,” he says. “Sometimes I walk out and I’m like, ‘Wow, that was embarrassing.’” Fortunately, Hoult wasn’t too embarrassed to share his most cringe-worthy casting story with us.
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The clothes make the man, but in the case of Wolverine, the claws make the mutant. Hugh Jackman’s forever ferocious antihero returns to the screen July 26 with his second solo adventure, and die-hard fans will notice right away that his gleaming metal talons have gotten a makeover.
“Yes, we retooled them a little,” director James Mangold said during an interview at his offices on the Fox lot. “I found that in some of the comics illustrations that I really liked the most, they had these bevel cuts. They were faceted, that would be the best way to describe them. In the last picture, they were pretty smooth, and we decided to take it to a different direction.”
Mangold, the director of 3:10 to Yuma, Copland, and Walk the Line, was eager to bring a less theatrical appearance to the character who also goes by the name Logan. “I wanted a more real Logan,” Mangold said, “not a flashier Logan.” As part of his push, Mangold re-evaluated the arc and shape of the character’s signature weapons and went with a shape that looks more crafted for carnage.
“It’s more utilitarian,” the director said. “The cuts in the blades make them more useful, more lethal, and they also catch the light more and in interesting ways.”
The claws in the new film are the closest to the tooled look that comic book artist Frank Miller memorably used in the first solo Wolverine comic book ever published, Wolverine issue No. 1, back in September 1982. The coveted issue was the first installment of a four-issue limited series written by Chris Claremont, and it opened with Wolverine hunting a rogue bear in a frigid Canadian Rockies but soon shifts to Japan, where the loner X-Man seeks Mariko Yoshida, the woman he loves.
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X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has been regularly tweeting from the Montreal set of his highly anticipated superhero flick due out next summer. Today, Singer unveiled a big reveal: Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence back in the blue paint as shapeshifter Mystique. See the first look below. READ FULL STORY
When Halle Berry announced she was pregnant, X-Men fans wondered how that would affect her returning as Storm for Bryan Singer’s highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past. But, based on this tweet from Singer himself, it doesn’t look like much has changed for the weather-controlling mutant, aside from a shorter hairdo and a sleeker uniform. Check out a photo of Halle Berry as Storm tweeted by Singer today below.
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Hugh Jackman on returning as Wolverine for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past': 'I must admit I was starting to see a life free of steamed chicken breasts'
. Instantly, I knew it was a winner. It just felt like everything was coming full circle. However, I must admit my stomach and my mind were like, ‘Oh no.’” READ FULL STORY
The mutant number continues to multiply for Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. The director today tweeted a group of head shots of his starry cast, including Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, and Halle Berry, plus some previously unannounced actors, including Daniel Cudmore, who played Colossus in X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, plus Fan BingBing (Double Xposure) and Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2). Fox won’t confirm who BingBing or Stewart would be playing so it’s up to fans to start to speculate. Plus there appear to be at least 6 open spaces left on the wall…
So could BingBing be Jubilee? That character has only appeared briefly in the other X-Men films and barely made an impact.
Who could Stewart be? Maybe Wolf Cub since he played a werewolf in the Twilight flicks?
See Singer’s tweet and photo below…
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