The more news that comes out about X-Men: Days of Future Past, the more excited we get around the IQ water cooler. Director Bryan Singer promised fans that the ambitious ensemble film will be “epic” in a recent interview.
“It’s epic. I don’t think people realize how big this movie’s going to be. We get to bring both casts together,” Singer told Empire Magazine. We previously reported that Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, and others last seen in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand would be joining with the X-Men: First Class cast for what basically amounts to The Avengers of the X-Men film universe.
Still, the huge cast/continuity combination has some fans worried. The X-Men film franchise is already plagued with glaring continuity problems, so how exactly are they going to make Days of Future Past work with both casts?
“We’ve cracked it in a way that it makes sense. I had a two-hour conversation with James Cameron about time travel, string theory, multiverses and all that. You have to create your rules and stick wtih them. That’s why Terminator and Back To The Future work so well. And there are certain mechanisms in X-Men, certain powers, perceptions and characters, that make this possible.”
Singer also said that he will respect the entirety of the X-Men film canon, and not overwrite The Last Stand or X-Men: Origins in favor of his films and Matthew Vaughn’s First Class.
“I’m taking into account every movie – I’m not just grabbing my first two movies and First Class and smashing them together. I’m taking into account the entire universe as it’s been laid out so far on the screen, and really respecting it and trying to work with that.”
He also promised that he will somehow honor the Days of Future Past comic book storyline.
“The actual comic of Days Of Future Past had a whole ton of stuff going on, so it’s like any of these things; you have to distill it. But I think the fans will be pleased that some of the most exciting parts of Days Of Future Past are going to be connected to this movie.”
Seems like a lot to take on, but we have faith in Singer’s ability to pull it off. He also said that if you’re looking for further information about Days of Future Past, you should follow him on Twitter:
“I’ll be using Twitter as an avenue. I think Twitter is an amazing thing. Very often something gets out there in the rumour-sphere, and people start building up an impression of something that might not be right. So what I want to do is just little by little drop out whatever information is official.”
Access Hollywood also reports that Hugh Jackman will return as Wolverine, Jennifer Lawrence will return as Mystique, and Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen will return as the older versions of Professor X and Magneto, respectively.
Ellen Page also returns as Kitty Pryde, who played an integral role in the Days of Future Past comic book storyline of the early 80s.
Are you excited for X-Men: Days of Future Past? Do you think Bryan Singer can pull off his ambitious vision?