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March 6th, 2013
Director Bryan Singer announced via Twitter last night that Halle Berry will reprise her role as the weather-controlling mutant, Storm, in next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. This announcement is just the latest by the film’s director, who has been using his Twitter account to make official announcements.
Although this is a sequel to the prequel, X-Men: First Class, many of the main characters from the original trilogy will be returning. The new film will be based on an arc from Marvel Comics’ 1981 Uncanny X-Men. The story follows an older Kitty Pryde (played by Ellen Page in the films) who time travels back in time, by transferring her mind into her younger self, in order to change the present war against mutantkind.
Berry will reunite with X-Men trilogy alumni Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore. Only four cast members are returning from First Class, including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult. That is a lot of star power for one film!
As exciting as it sounds, a challenge will be giving each character a fair amount of screen time and development, without disappointing fans. Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand received generally poor reviews from critics and fans for overloading the film with too many characters that went undeveloped. Hopefully, Singer can better manage such a big ensemble.
It seems like using original cast members for sequels is becoming a trend in the world of sci-fi films. Carrie Fisher to Palm Beach Illustrated yesterday that she will reprise her role as Princess Leia in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII. Fisher will reunite with Harrison Ford, who will return as Hans Solo. Also rumoured to make a comeback into the Star Wars franchise is Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker.
X-Men: Days of Future Past starts filming in Montreal on April 15, with a theatrical release date set for July 18, 2014.
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