Looking at the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past, you’d be forgiven for thinking Bryan Singer was directing a sequel to the original X-Men trilogy, as opposed to a follow-on to X-Men: First Class. Until now, the only cast members confirming as reprising their roles from Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 prequel were James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) and Nicholas Hoult (Beast), but now we can add another to the list with Bryan Singer confirming the rumours that Lucas Till will also return as Alex Summers, a.k.a. Havoc, with the director having taken to Twitter to drop the following image….
In other potential X-Men: Days of Future Past news, Vulture has reportedly uncovered the identities of the film’s two as-yet-unrevealed cast members, with Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) said to be playing Bolivar Trask (which has been expected for some time now) and Josh Helman (Jack Reacher) allegedly taking on the role of William Stryker, who has been previously portrayed by Brian Cox in X2: X-Men United and Danny Huston in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Meanwhile, the site is also claiming to have the inside scoop of the film’s storyline, which – if true – looks set to differ from its original source material:
“[The comic book] version presented a dystopian future ruled by Sentinels, a setting so grim for our heroes that fan-favorite mutant Kitty Pryde sends her consciousness back in time to warn the X-Men, who then try to stop the assassination of a senator that would set in motion the mutant-threatening events to come. In Singer’s take, Ellen Page returns as Kitty from the Brett Ratner–directed X-Men: The Last Stand, but this time she uses her powers to send Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine back into the past, where he encounters the younger mutants played by James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender. However, something bad happens to Kitty during the time-travel trance, and while Wolverine is still under her spell, the other X-Men must race to find a mutant who can siphon Kitty’s powers and bring their friend back to the future. Could that be the plot development that brings Anna Paquin’s power-copying Rogue into the fold once again?“
X-Men: Days of Future Past is set for release on May 23rd 2014, with a cast that also includes X-Men veterans Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Halle Berry (Storm), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) alongside franchise newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Bishop and Fan Binbing (Iron Man 3) as Blink.