First Peek at Beast in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' and Comments from Jackman Returning as Wolverine

Is Singer what the franchise needed to really return to form?

beast-x-men-days-future-past-featOn Friday Bryan Singer tweeted out the below image offering the first look at Nicholas Hoult back in his Beast makeup for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Additionally, EW caught up with Hugh Jackman who will reprise his role as Wolverine in the film just as he's about to return to the big screen with another solo film for the character simply titled The Wolverine on July 26.

There's no word on what exactly his role will be in the film, but it's expected it will be small, though he certainly seems excited telling EW, "They told me the idea and, at the time, it was Matthew Vaughn [directing]. Instantly, I knew it was a winner. It just felt like everything was coming full circle."

He also added his appreciation for Singer who directed the first two X-Men films which led to Jackman starring as Logan/Wolverine in what will be a total of seven X-Men films if you count his small cameo in X-Men: First Class once Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18:

I owe, in a way, everything to Bryan. The first film I did in America was X-Men. Wolverine is a character I've loved playing and I can't believe it's going to be my seventh time playing it. It just blows me away. It not only feels like the right kind of project, it actually is so exciting that we'll all be back together again. I don't want to give away too much but I'm really excited not only to reunite with all those great actors but also to work with some of the other ones.

I don't know about you, but Singer's X2 is still the best of the franchise as far as I'm concerned and I'm hoping this is a return to what the franchise can be as I wasn't nearly as big a fan of First Class as so many others seemed to be.

Nicholas Hoult as Beast in X-Men: Days of Future Past
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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/SmartFilm/ SmartFilm

    It's strange to me that this Beast picture is supposed to be a big reveal. It's a slight change from XM:FC and definitely looks more like the Fraiser iteration from X3. Not saying that in response to your posting, it's just been all over the place and fan boys seem to be jumping for joy. Then again, I think I am kind of anticipating The Wolverine and certainly am interested in the prospects of Days of Future Past if it manages to not be far too overstuffed (which I think seems like a really legitimate concern at this point).

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    I think the apparent size of the cast is a question mark, but my expectation is that several of these may be cameos or extended cameos for overall continuity within the X-Movieverse (notwithstanding FC's final moments seemingly contradicting Xavier with his appearances in Wolverine and Last Stand's end and start sequences) itself.

    The scale and scope of the story though feels immense and I think it is one of those propositions that on paper could be stunning if it gets pulled off and an absolute disaster if it doesn't. On that basis I think Days will either be just that. A triumph or a mess. Nothing inbetween.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

    In general I like "fantastic" stories. I dont know much about the X-Men franchise as a whole. I only saw the first installment forever ago. But it seems like the Wolverine and XM:Days with release dates one week apart, could hurt one rather than help both.
    I wonder if the $353 worldwide gross was a surprise? Even with a hefty $160 million budget thats not bad.