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Rogue, Kitty and Iceman Return for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

Paquin, Page and Ashmore are back

Rogue, Kitty and Iceman Return for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'
Photo: 20th Century Fox

Director Bryan Singer took to Twitter once again to announce new casting for his upcoming X-Men feature X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to Matthew Vaughn's 2011 X-Men: First Class, and once again it isn't new names he's announcing, but returning characters.

Singer tweets:

If you weren't able to note the names through the Twitter speak, the returning cast members are Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore who previously played Rogue, Kitty Pryde and Iceman in the original trilogy of X-Men films, which began with Singer's X-Men in 2000 and ended with Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006.

None of the actors listed above were seen in Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, but they will be joining several past X-Men stars that weren't seen in that film including Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart along with First Class stars James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult.

The film is based on the Uncanny X-Men storyline "Days of Future Past" which deals with a dystopian alternative future in which mutants are incarcerated in internment camps. An older Kitty Pryde transfers her mind into the younger, present-day Kitty Pryde, who brings the X-Men to prevent a fatal moment in history which triggers anti-mutant hysteria.

The film is set for a July 18, 2014 release.

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  • Ron Oneal Fresh

    of all the comic book movies, I'm anticipating Days of Future Past the most.

  • Yaz

    It's all very exciting and a bit worrisome. If history has taught us anything, it's that the more characters in a superhero film, the worse of it is.

  • Ian

    I really don't know where Singer is going with this. Since he's come on board all these characters from the original trilogy have been popping up...the best I can figure is that it will be shoehorned in between X2 and X3 with some type of time travel aspect to include the characters from First Class. It honestly sounds like a big mess, and yet another attempt at altering previous story lines all in the name of profit. And yeah I know comic books do this all the time, but it's quite simply lazy storytelling.

    • Yaz

      I'm fairly certain it will be the other way around. It will be rooted in the 'First Class' time period - a sequel of sorts to First Class. With the characters from XI/X2 either time travelling back into that continuity, or those from First Class time travelling forward into the future continuity - or likely both happening. It has immense possibilities of being a mess or being incredibly unique and entertaining - not to mention consisting of some intelligence.

      So let's see. My only worry is with bringing back all these characters it could get incredibly bloated incredibly quickly.

  • Winchester

    It's hard to tell because I'm not familiar with this specific comic book story but could some of these cast returns end up more as cameos? Or essentially reuniting the established cast for continuity?

    I mean I guess that would be my assumption unless Lawrence & Co aren't quite going to be in the film as much as suspected. Otherwise it does seem as if there is going to be a lot of characters vying for attention.

    That also said when it comes to X-Men on film I would tend to have more belief that Singer can work it out logistically over Vaughan or Ratner.

    • Winchester

      Although if Singer is thanking Ratner for 'letting them live' I suppose that would initially make me believe that this is something which takes place after X3. Although if an alternate timeline is partly involved then it really depends when the alternate gets created. Multiple timelines can be very headachy at times when it isn't yet clear how they are doing it exactly.

      • Yaz

        Good point.

  • Viral

    perhaps I'm in the minority that thought that the announcement of Singer to take over from Vaughn was just plain bad news! as much as i love Paquin and Page i cannot get on board with Singer - i loved Vaughn's treatment of the first class and contrary to the maxim - the more super heroes there are the worse it gets - i thought unlike the avengers the multitude of super heroes were deftly handled in first class with no time wasted on back stories and tying them together. whatever time was spent was time well-spent.