We reported a while back that the much anticipated sequel to last year’s ‘X-Men: First Class‘ is to be titled ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past‘. This has led to speculation that the film will be an adaptation of the iconic comic book storyline of the same name and, while unconfirmed, seems likelier by the minute.
Written by seminal X-Men writer Chris Claremont, Days of Future Past is set in a dystopian alternative future in which a fatal moment in history has triggered anti-mutant hysteria. Mutants are hunted down and incarcerated in internment camps, with any who resists slaughtered mercilessly. The story alternates between this not-so-cozy future and the present day, in which the X-Men fight to stop the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants from unintentionally making this future happen.
As fans were quick to point out, the time-traveling aspect of the story allows for a possible return to the franchise for many of the actors and characters from the original X-Men trilogy. Patrick Stewart, the original Charles Xavier, was asked about his possible involvement, replying: “”I think there is every possibility … Yes, I’ll be reprising [the role of Professor X].”
Meanwhile Famke Janssen was also asked is she was set to reprise her role as Jean Grey in the upcoming film. While she could not disclose anything, she hinted to MTV News: ”One never knows. Jean Grey, the Phoenix… she finds a way to reincarnate herself constantly, so one never knows. Stay tuned.”
We could be in for something truly spectacular, as ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ inches closer to theaters. What we really want to know is…can our bodies handle watching Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen play Magneto in the same movie? Either way, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is scheduled for release in 2014, and at the very least will see the return of Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence.