Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart Sign on for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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Posted by inferiorego (24714 posts) - - Show Bio

According to Bryan Singer's twitter page, Singer, the director of X-MEN and X2, who is taking over directing for the X-MEN: FIRST CLASS sequel, has stated that both Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart have signed on for the next X-Men film, and as many fans know, they will probably be reprising their roles as Professor X and Magneto in the upcoming film.

McKellen and Stewart played Magneto and Charles Xavier in X-MEN, X2, and X-MEN: THE LAST STAND. In First Class, the duo was played by Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. As you may know, the working title of the film has been "Days of Future Past," so if you've read the original story, you know it involves time travel.

Better yet is the fact that Singer announced that James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult have all signed back on with the film as well. Currently, there are no other big casting announcements like whether or not we'll see Hugh Jackman in this film, which would be the nail in the coffin for awesomeness.

Although fans lost the director of First Class, Matthew Vaughn, everything under Bryan Singer, who mind you did direct those first two X-Men films, so far is really coming together, especially with this news because hopefully, fans will get to see some time traveling action, which is always a plus.

What do you think of this news? Who would you like to see in this new film?

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#1 Posted by Arevish (302 posts) - - Show Bio

I am a bit skeptical about this movie, DofP isn't an easy story to bring on the big screen, but OMG i can't wait to see this movie!

#2 Posted by pulseangel666 (329 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds like good news to me.

#3 Posted by Mercy_ (92698 posts) - - Show Bio

Aaaaaaaand my interest level has suddenly ratcheted up

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#4 Posted by CitizenJP (597 posts) - - Show Bio

Glorious.

#5 Posted by zackattack529 (1404 posts) - - Show Bio

YEEES!!

#6 Posted by LoganRogue24 (1187 posts) - - Show Bio

i hope january jones returns as emma frost.

#7 Posted by Backflip (2266 posts) - - Show Bio

This is the best news yet. This is shaping up to be the movie to watch.

#8 Posted by rodiggle (20 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not impressed with this. As much as I admire the pair of them I don't see the need. It'll be interesting but I hope it doesn't end up with Fassbender and Mcavoy being forced into trying to mimic their elders.

#9 Posted by doombot890 (218 posts) - - Show Bio

that's Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart

#10 Posted by KnightRise (4785 posts) - - Show Bio

@zackattack529 said:

YEEES!!

#11 Posted by 00 Raiser (442 posts) - - Show Bio

FAIL! All its going to be is the first X-Men movies all over again.

#12 Posted by evilvegeta74 (4530 posts) - - Show Bio

Can we get a recast for Magneto and Cyclops,Jean.......etc

#13 Posted by quiksilver70777 (69 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope we get to see Gambit in action.

#14 Posted by cmaprice (809 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't know. I love McKellen and Stewart, but I think the biggest missteps of First Class involved trying too hard to get it to fit with the other films when there were so many gaping plot holes that way. I mean, that and they spent too much time on not-so-interesting characters instead of the relationship between Xavier and Magneto, which was infinitely more interesting and terribly squandered. 
 
First Class was a decent popcorn flick that had promised more than it delivered, where The Last Stand and Origins: Wolverine failed even on that level. As much as part of me wants them to continue, I'd rather Fox not be whores and dump the franchise rights so Marvel can take over from scratch.
 
But that's not going to happen. So, Fox, at least try to make future installments worth my time.

#15 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (6902 posts) - - Show Bio

YES!

#16 Posted by StMichalofWilson (3833 posts) - - Show Bio

One thing to say...

#17 Posted by jloneblackheart (5519 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope Sir Patrick helped with the plot

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#18 Posted by Nicodemus (65 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm excited for this one. It hopefully deals with something dear to my heart: Sentinels. I wasn't too big a fan of the last few X-related films, but I think they'll make this one big. Maybe mix age of apocolypse? I don't know. It's crazy. I'm excited to see what they give us.

#19 Edited by pspin (891 posts) - - Show Bio

@LoganRogue24 said:

i hope january jones returns as emma frost.

This would be a plus.

#20 Posted by darkwingdan (188 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm at the point where anything comic-related, be it the books or the movies (or the video games), I'm just going to assume it stands alone. For this movie, I plan on disregarding any prior X-Men movies. That means the X-Trilogy, both Wolverine movies, and First Class.

Now if someone is thinking "How can I just ignore the other movies? Won't those stories impact the story of this one?" Well, how did First Class end? Charles in a wheelchair (albeit with hair still) and Eric as Magneto, two friends that are now enemies. What were Charles and Eric in the original movies? Two friends that are now enemies. Sweet. No confusion there.

"But what if they reference events from another movie?" Mainstream pop culture makes references to millions of different media all the time. That doesn't stop people from enjoying Two and Half Men (why people still enjoy it, I don't know). Many people have said The Dark Knight Returns is a story that got them into comics, and that relies on knowledge of the past. And I watched Empire before A New Hope without confusion.

TL;DR - Enjoy the movie for what it is, don't get hung up on continuity details.

#21 Posted by hunter5024 (128 posts) - - Show Bio

If it involves time travel then maybe they can back themselves out of the plot corner they were left in with basically every character at the end of X3, it could serve as sort of a soft reboot without completely disregarding the actors and history that have come before, like Star Trek.

#22 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (7818 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome :)

#23 Posted by Death Certificate (5438 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope to God that those are the only actors coming back.

#24 Posted by judasnixon (6584 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah I heard Joseph Gorden Levitt is going to be Batman in this film....

#25 Posted by Spideycap (212 posts) - - Show Bio

@hunter5024 said:

If it involves time travel then maybe they can back themselves out of the plot corner they were left in with basically every character at the end of X3, it could serve as sort of a soft reboot without completely disregarding the actors and history that have come before, like Star Trek.

This please. I loved the way Star Trek was rebooted and I would love a new fresh X-Men movie with Cyke and everyone (hopefully) done right. This movie is souding better with every bit of news about it imo.

#26 Posted by TheRyanHimself (60 posts) - - Show Bio

So I am the only one who feels First Class should be kept far far far away from the other X-Men movies? X2 was really good, but am I also alone in feeling the X-Men movie was kinda lousy? Even idealistic 13 year old me thought so when it came out. Stewart is okay as Xavier, but even as a McKellen fan I thought his performance of Magneto was tired. He wasn't nearly as imposing as he is in the comics. Bleh.

#27 Posted by chunkypack87 (16 posts) - - Show Bio

Meh, i was kind of hoping we would stay away from the old movies, were already getting Wolverine part 5. I was hoping we would get an actual X-Men movie, like a modern day first class.

#28 Posted by Inverno (13221 posts) - - Show Bio

Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood

#29 Posted by sora_thekey (8175 posts) - - Show Bio

I really hope they don't do DoFP without Kitty Pryde. Either way, this piece of news is interesting. We might get to see the original trilogy's cast as well as the XM:FC's since Famke Jensen is reprising her role of Jean in The Wolverine.

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#30 Posted by geoff2005 (206 posts) - - Show Bio

Am i the only one who thinks Ian McKellen just isnt a good magneto. he looks more like he needs to go into a senior citizen home rather than leading a band of mutants. I enjoy his acting but sometimes I just feel like he looks too weak

#31 Posted by fkk1984 (29 posts) - - Show Bio

I - WANT - JACKMAN!

#32 Edited by The Velvet Rabbit (262 posts) - - Show Bio

@darkwingdan: personally, XMFC was probably my favorite Marvel movie (pre-Avengers), but with how much they played with the character origins and personalities, I would almost go far as to say it could only be taken as a stand-alone film. However, people may not remember the photos for First Class that all-but-confirmed that Oliver Platt was scheduled to play none other than Doctor Sinister. I'm going to hold off judgment, but I still say that if Patrick and Sir Ian do anything more than a cameo, I'll be surprised.

also, trying really hard to refrain from making an off-colour 'Two-and-a-Half Men' joke about Professor Xavier. :P

#33 Edited by nerdork (4038 posts) - - Show Bio

@LoganRogue24: i reall really really really hope she doesnt. The one thing (among many) that "first class" definitely had, was amazing acting...except for January Jones. At no point did she display herself as a strong willed and seductive individual. I am not saying that i do not like her as an actress, i just dont like her as Emma Frost. The White Queen is supposed to be retardedly attractive, and January Jones is just...eh, okay. There are way more gorgeous women in Hollywood than she, and most of them can all act better than she can. January Jones was my only issue with First Class. This is, of course, just my opinion.

#34 Posted by kagato (247 posts) - - Show Bio

Bring in Hugh Jackman and im sold, honestly he is the only person i can see as Wolverine now with the possible exception of young Clint Eastwood. Very interested to see how this turns out.

#35 Posted by Trixie (127 posts) - - Show Bio

YES! Now we just have to hope its better than first class, and since he directed X2 there's a good chance it will be. I don't care for Jennifer Lawrence, she was annoying and didn't represent mystique well. But I'm very happy to have Ian and Patrick back. They are X-Men legends!

#36 Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy (7849 posts) - - Show Bio

What? FOX is still doing this?

Oh, not excited anymore.

#37 Posted by nerdork (4038 posts) - - Show Bio

@geoff2005: yeah, you and 95% of the female community world wide.

#38 Posted by butters911 (263 posts) - - Show Bio
@LoganRogue24 said:

i hope january jones returns as emma frost.

This
#39 Posted by SandMan_ (4528 posts) - - Show Bio

Just...give it back to Marvel please.

#40 Posted by The Poet (8336 posts) - - Show Bio

cool

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#42 Posted by comicfan123 (61 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll reserve my judgement until the film comes out. Let's hope it's good. =)

#43 Posted by nerdork (4038 posts) - - Show Bio

@butters911 said:

@LoganRogue24 said:

i hope january jones returns as emma frost.

This

not this...sorry, she just did a terrible job as the white queen. Lacked any substance in her role. They gave her the scenes to be impressive, and all she ended up being was dull to Nth degree. IMO, she is one of the worst casts in superhero/villain history.

#44 Posted by OmgOmgWtfWtf (7031 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't contain myself. Hope they retcon X-Men 3 out of existence as some kind of bad dream.

#45 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Well now I think my faith is somewhat restored in this, even if Singer is still at the helm :/

#46 Posted by SpitfireINK (242 posts) - - Show Bio

Has to have Jackman - period -

#47 Posted by neiliusprime (255 posts) - - Show Bio

ok, Fox Studios..you somewhat have my attention

#48 Posted by lykopis (10746 posts) - - Show Bio

@nerdork said:

@butters911 said:

@LoganRogue24 said:

i hope january jones returns as emma frost.

This

not this...sorry, she just did a terrible job as the white queen. Lacked any substance in her role. They gave her the scenes to be impressive, and all she ended up being was dull to Nth degree. IMO, she is one of the worst casts in superhero/villain history.

This so HARD.

We need Kitty and we need Wolverine for this story-line. Pretty please.

#49 Posted by cloudzackvincent (1028 posts) - - Show Bio

another great news

#50 Posted by TheHeat (451 posts) - - Show Bio
@Death Certificate said:

I hope to God that those are the only actors coming back.

IDK. I'd sure like to see Kelsey Gramer, Ellen Page, Hugh Jackman, James Marsden, Famke Jannsen, and Daniel Cudmore back. Alan Cumming would be sweet too. 

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