As soon as the title was announced, and as soon as Bryan Singer was drafted in as director, rumours of Hugh Jackman’s involvement in X-Men: Days of Future Past had been circulating round. But now, Singer has confirmed the casting via his official Twitter account:
“I would officially like to welcome @RealHughJackman to the cast of #Xmen Days of Future Past. Very excited! More to come…”
With James Mangold’s The Wolverine and this announcement, Hugh Jackman will become the only actor to feature in every movie and spin-off from 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise.
Jackman now joins the cast which includes X-Men: First Class stars James McAvoy (Wanted), Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games), Michael Fassbender (Prometheus) and Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy), as well as original X-Men trilogy figureheads Ian McKellen (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation).
Could Singer’s tease of “more to come” also mean we we’ll be seeing other stars from pervious X-Men movies return such as James Marsden (Robot & Frank), Halle Berry (Catwoman) and Anna Pacquin (True Blood)?
X-Men: Days of Future Past was a comic arc in 1981 which saw an alternative future for the X-Men where they are hunted down and killed by Sentinels. Flickering Myth’s Luke Owen took a look at the comic series and its variations here. The film is set for release on July 18th, 2014 and has been written by Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes), along with the First Class pairing of Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman.