A few of the original cast members from Bryan Singer’s X-Men films have been confirmed to return for the upcoming sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, including Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, but will there be more?
We spoke with Famke Janssen at the Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters junket this weekend and asked her about a possible return.
“I’m sitting by the phone waiting, call me up Bryan!” she said, adding, “I think their challenge is that I died as Jean Grey and I died as the Phoenix, so what else can they do. If they bring a younger version back, they’ll have to get a younger actress, so what is there left to do?”
Previously, Janssen was quoted as saying: “One never knows. Jean Grey, the Phoenix … she finds a way to reincarnate herself constantly, so one never knows.” She seems a little less sure this time around. There’s still time for more of the original cast to be added though as no start date for the film has been announced.
The other confirmed cast members for the film are James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult.
Scheduled for release on July 18, 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past features a script by Simon Kinberg and is said to be inspired Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s comic book storyline that ran in “Uncanny X-Men” #141 and 142 back in 1981. “Days of Future Past” introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel’s mutants that grew out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.
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