X-Men: Days of Future Past continues to move forward in a very interesting direction with more casting news today. Joining James McAvoy (Xavier) and Michael Fassbender (Magneto) for the First Class sequel, will be none other than Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan, who first brought the characters to the big screen. Bryan Singer announced the news through Twitter this morning, as well as officially announcing the returning cast from X-Men: First Class:
This is pretty big news for all of us who have been spending our waking hours speculating over the potential greatness of a movie that shares its name with the historic storyline. Don`t worry, I wont speculate like crazy here because I already did that. Basically I (and probably countless others) imagined a movie that bridges together both timelines of the X-franchise, meaning the original trilogy characters interacting with the First Class characters.
Now that Stewart and McKellan have signed on, it looks like that seems to be the case. First Class was always promoted as the story behind Xavier and Magneto’s friendship, and this only proves that the sequel will continue to examine that further. With a double dose of Xavier/Magneto mixed in with some time traveling and who knows what else. There is always the chance that it could only be extended cameos from the actors, but I think it would be unlikely to announce it this way if they weren’t a large part of the film.
So while I already said this news might stop some of the speculation, I can already feel the wheels turning and I know that it is just beginning for fans like myself. This could be a huge movie for Fox and end up revitalizing the tarnished X-Men trilogy, and further strengthening the growing First Class era series. And with Singer back in control of the franchise he started, things continue to move forward for Days of Future Past. Or backward… because it’s time travel. Well, forward still works then I guess. I’m confused.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is slated for a Summer 2014 release.