Movie News: James McAvoy Talks Up X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Written by Andrew Pollard Thursday, 03 October 2013

Movie News

Whilst James McAvoy is hardly going to trash the film before its release, the actor has been talking up X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST in a recent interview with IGN. McAvoy is set to reprise his Charles Xavier role from X-MEN: FIRST CLASS for the film.

The young Professor X said, “There’s an army of brilliant actors in that film. Bryan Singer is back at the helm. Potentially it’s going to be the biggest, most epic X-MEN they’ve ever had. I think it’s the second biggest production Fox have ever embarked upon, behind AVATAR. So they’re definitely going for it.”

Epic? That’s certainly a lot to live up to, especially considering the fantastic storytelling and intertwining that was involved with Singer’s X2, not to mention the huge scale and amount of characters included in Brett Ratner’s much-maligned X-MEN: THE LAST STAND.

When asked whether we’ll see his younger Charles Xavier get to have some face-time with Patrick Stewart’s older Professor X in Singer’s upcoming time-travelling adventure, McAvoy said, “His last day was my first day and that was it. Then we were done. But we did crossover and we do get a scene together. Getting to work with Hugh Jackman – who I christened Hugo Boss – was great. Getting to work with Michael Fassbender again was great. I spent a hell of a lot of time with Nick [Nicholas Hoult]. Weirdly the people I spent most time with acting-wise was not Michael this time, it was Hugh and Nick. And whilst I bemoaned the loss of my buddy Michael, it was more than made up for by the fact that Hugh and Nick are such amazing people.”

The DAYS OF FUTURE PAST comic-book arc is the stuff of legend. A brilliant, iconic X-Men tale that sees a future Kitty Pryde send her mind back to her younger self in order to worn of an desolate future, the film adaptation could easily fail on a number of levels. Still, if, just if, it works, audiences will be in for a treat.

Singer’s cinematic version of the story will see the future Kitty Pryde send Wolverine back to the past, rather than sending her own mind. The troubled future sees mutants hunted down by giant Sentinels, created by Bolivar Trask, after a group of rogue mutants assassinate a high-ranked senator.

Bringing together quite the ensemble cast, Singer’s movie sees McAvoy as the younger Charles Xavier, Patrick Stewart as the older Xavier, Michael Fassbender as the younger Magneto, Ian McKellen as the older Magneto, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde, Halle Berry as Storm, Anna Paquin as Rogue, Shawn Ashmore as Iceman, Daniel Cudmore as Colossus, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Omar Sy as Bishop, Fan Binbing as Blink, Lucas Till as Havok, Josh Helman as a younger William Stryker, Booboo Stewart as Warpath, and Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask. And breathe…

There’s also an unknown role for Adan Canto, not to mention strong speculation that James Marsden’s Cyclops will return in some fashion.

At present, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is set for a 23rd May, 2014 release.

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