Not too long ago we reported that Hugh Jackman would be joining Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan in Bryan Singer’s sequel to X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past. This was some big news as Fox is definitely wanting to keep up with the continuity the series has created over the years and today Singer himself announced even more news concerning the casting.
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) January 26, 2013
Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, and Shawn Ashmore will all be returning for the sequel, teaming up yet again after “retiring” their X-suits in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. Paquin of course will again play Rogue, the ability chameleon who would absorb any mutant powers she comes in contact with, Ellen Page returns as Kitty Pryde, a mutant who can walk through walls, and Ashmore will again play Bobby Drake, or Iceman.
This is pretty exciting, but also makes you wonder how many more actors will be returning to the franchise? I trust Singer with X-Men more than anyone, but I’m hoping he doesn’t overfill the cast with too many mutants. The best part of X-Men: First Class is seeing all of the characters we’ve grown to love as their much younger selves and seeing new actors play the roles. As much as I like my variety of mutants, call me a little hesitant. Let’s just hope they’ll return in more of a glorified cameo as opposed to meatier roles. You can’t take screen time away from Fassbender. It’s against the law.
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters July 18, 2014 which leaves plenty of time for more casting news to come out. The First Class director, Matthew Vaughn, is working on the screenplay.