With set construction well underway and the cast constantly growing, ‘X-Men: Days of Future’ is certainly starting to shape up. Recently, Halle Berry was confirmed to be reprising her role as Storm from the original X-Men trilogy. In the same week, Omar Sy was also added to the cast in an unannounced role. But with all these old and new characters being added to the roster of characters, it’s hard to keep track of who exactly is coming back. That’s where we come in! Hopefully, after reading this article, things will be a lot clearer for you in terms of who’s coming back for Bryan Singer’s return to the franchise that he started all those years ago.
Let’s begin with the cast from Matthew Vaughn’s ‘X-Men: First Class’. Though they got some details not exactly right, it was hard not to enjoy this film. Plus, you can’t argue with the fact that it reinvigorated the slipping film series. Of the cast in that film, Singer announced on Twitter that James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult are all returning to reprise their roles. That means that we’ll see Professor X, Mystique, Magneto, and Beast all returning, but that leaves many of their teammates out in the cold.
Recently, Jason Flemyng revealed that his character Azazel, the demon-like teleporter similar to Nightcrawler, would not be returning for the sequel. In an interview with Independent.ie, the actor commented that he wouldn’t be involved:
“I don’t think I will be back. Initially I was gutted, but then, I remembered I had to get up at two in the morning, I had to be painted red and be slightly out of focus and posed a lot, and that was sort of it. Now I don’t have to do that.”
In addition to him, January Jones has said that she hasn’t received a call to reprise her role as Emma Frost. Others that haven’t been announced to rejoin the cast yet include Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert), Zoe Kravitz (Angel Salvadore), Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee), Lucas Till (Havok), and Alex Gonzalez (Riptide). Of those, I think it would be a shame if Havok and Banshee didn’t make comebacks, since there’s so much more to do with them. Hopefully they jump onboard soon. As for the rest, I’m sure Byrne’s character is important, but I’m okay with the others being left out.
Now, going back to the first trilogy, making their return to the franchise are Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellan (Magneto), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Halle Berry (Storm), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), and Anna Paquin (Rogue). So far, they have all been officially confirmed via Singer’s Twitter.
Of the characters that appear in ‘First Class’, the older counterparts that haven’t been announced yet are Kelsey Grammar (Beast) and Rebecca Romijn (Mystique), but neither have issued comments concerning their desire to return. Also quiet on returning is James Marsden, who plays Cyclops, the brother of Havok from ‘X-Men: First Class’. His return would seem to make sense, but then again, it actually wouldn’t because Alex Summers is supposed to be Scott’s younger brother.
Famke Janssen (Jean Grey) and Alan Cumming (Nightcrawler) have both expressed interest in returning, but neither has received offers for their returns. Aside from them, notable omissions include Ben Foster (Angel), Daniel Cudmore (Colossus), and Vinnie Jones (Juggernaut), although I’m pretty sure that no one wants to see Brett Ratner’s version of Cain Marko anywhere near ‘Days of Future Past’.
Finally, aside from Hugh Jackman, no one from ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ has been added to the cast. Considering that almost everyone would like to forget that the movie even exists, it’s not a huge loss that none of those characters are returning. However, I wouldn’t mind if Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) or Taylor Kitsch (Gambit) popped up in ‘Days of Future Past’. They’re literally the only good things to come out of that movie, even though Gavin Hood, David Benioff, and Skip Woods ruined Deadpool by the end of the “film”. You know, on second thought, just give Wade Wilson his own movie starring Ryan Reynolds like they’ve been talking about forever and we’ll be good in that department.
Now, it’s very possible that Bryan Singer isn’t even done casting yet, so some of these names could still pop up alongside the newcomers like Peter Dinklage and the rest of the returning cast. After all, I think the director is having a whole lot of fun bringing the gang back together again, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few more additions to the ensemble here and there before production officially starts next month. But if someone was left out, it would be really easy to explain why they’re not in the future depicted in the film. They could be captured, missing, or dead. Easy enough, right?
Who would you like to see return for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ that hasn’t been announced yet? Is your favorite mutant already a part of the cast? Did I overlook someone that you think should make a comeback? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ hits theaters on July 18, 2014.