Hugh Jackman thought X-Men was over with X-Men: The Last Stand

It seems as if Hugh Jackman was expecting the X-Men franchise to be dead and buried following 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, with Jackman telling Empire, “I thought that was it. There was already talk about doing a younger version and I was certainly talking about Wolverine and trying to drum up interest in that. I thought the idea of another X-Men movie was done so this was a surprise. And a welcome one.”

When asked of the size and scope of this year’s upcoming sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, he revealed, “Bryan has such an incredible brain. This is certainly the biggest movie Fox has made outside of Avatar so there’s pressure from all angles. But he’s buzzing, and he’s confident. He’s gone deeper emotionally and it’s a great ensemble cast.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past is set for release on May 23rd 2014 with a cast that also includes X-Men veterans James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magento), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) alongside X-Men newcomers Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Bishop, Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, Fan Binbing (Iron Man 3) as Blink, Adam Canto (The Following) as Sunspot, Josh Helman (Mad Max: Fury Road) as William Stryker, and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) as Bolivar Trask.

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  • Doctor Who

    Brent Ratner was such a moron.

    • AdrFax

      I’m sure he knows it, but the saddest part may be he doesn’t care.

      Frankly I liked the third film for what it is, but I do regret the idea of hiring him to direct a film as complex as X-Men was supposed to be at the time. After two successful installments that created a world where mutants could be portrayed realistically, he meddled with the tone the first two had established and came up with terrible character choices and allowed weird story arcs that didn’t blend well with what the film was shaping up to be (in part due to the studio meddling), only to bring up a less than stellar attempt to conclude the trilogy.

      The film has its moments and as I said, I like it for what it is, but as part of a trilogy its certainly lacking, let alone as part of the X-Men trilogy as it was meant to be.