Stars of the X-Men franchise including Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian Mckellen and Halle Berry came together with new castmembers to thrill fans at Comic-Con this weekend (20-21Jul13). The actors gathered with stars including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, who played the characters' younger selves in 2011 blockbuster X-Men: First Class, at the huge convention in San Diego, California on Saturday (20Jul13) to promote their new superhero movie.
The cast will come together on screen in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but the Comic-Con outing marked the first time many fans had seen the younger castmembers come face to face with their older counterparts.
During a panel discussion, gay star McKellen referenced California's recent law-change over same-sex marriage and jokingly propositioned Fassbender, who plays a younger version of the veteran star's character, Magneto, saying, "I feel safe here now that you got rid of Proposition 8... I'm looking for a husband - it's great to meet you Michael."
Jackman, who also stars in his own Wolverine spin-off movie series, thrilled the crowd by revealing he dressed up as his superhero character and wandered around the convention unnoticed, although he revealed two people did stop to comment on his costume: "One said 'Eh, not bad.' The other said, 'Way too tall'."
The event marked Berry's return to the spotlight since marrying actor Olivier Martinez in France earlier this month (Jul13), while it also reunited former lovers Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, who began dating after meeting on the set of X-Men: First Class, but split late last year (12).
Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Peter Dinklage were also in attendance along with director Bryan Singer.
He's done it again! Ever since X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer took it upon himself to be his own movie’s publicist, he has revealed many new castings via his Twitter. Friday was no exception, as Singer posted a photo of a production office wall of actors' headshots with the caption, "3 #Oscars, 6 #GoldenGlobes, 1 #BAFTA, 2 #Emmys, 2 #Tonys, 5 #Oliviers, 1 #Ceaser - Now let's blow s**t up! #XMEN."
Along with the previously reported castings, Singer’s photo revealed three new names joining the film – well, more accurately two new names and one returning. Fan Bingbing, a Chinese actress best known for Double Exposure will be playing the teleporting mutant Blink. Daniel Cudmore is reprising his role as Colossus from X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand. Boo Boo Stewart, best known for his role in The Twilight Saga, also joins the cast.
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Bingbing, Stewart, and Cudmore join previously cast Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry.
Check out the full photo below to get a glimpse of our new X-Men!
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters July 18, 2014.
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It's easy to imagine Peter Dinklage's career as laced with struggles to overcome his height, in an industry enamored with the perfectly constructed. But really, he's been owning the big and small screens since for nearly a decade, ever since his breakout role in 2003's The Station Agent. After winning an Emmy for his work on Game of Thrones, Dinklage's real struggle is simply time management. Everyone wants him.
That includes director Bryan Singer (X2, Jack the Giant Slayer), who announced on Twitter late Wednesday that Dinklage would be joining the cast of his latest superhero epic, X-Men: Days of Future Past. The actor joins returning cast members James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as faces from the original X-films, including Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellan.
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Singer's tweet was light on the details (he only had 140 characters to make his casting announcement, after all), but Internet speculation ran wild in the wake of the news, wondering who Dinklage could be playing in the X-Men universe. X-perts believe Dinklage could be playing Puck, a member of the Canadian supergroup Alpha Flight, who is described as being half as tall as the average person, but with superior movement and fighting skills.
While most fanboy character choices are derived from Dinklage's stature — including the crazier MODOK, a half man/half computer telekinetic — recent interviews with Singer have others wondering if technology could transform the actor's talents into any shape or size. After Singer hinted that he would be employing motion capture technology (similar to The Gollum in The Hobbit), Devin Faraci of Badass Digest speculated that Dinklage could be digitally enhanced to play one of the X-Men's legendary foes, Mr. Sinister.
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Keeping everything but a tweet's worth of info close to the chest, we may not know what Singer is cooking up for Dinklage, who has played everything from a warrior dwarf in the Narnia franchise to Richard III on the stage. The actor may be half the size of most of the A-Listers in Hollywood, but the casting news just made X-Men: Days of Future Past 10 times cooler.
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The Oscar-winning actress became a first-time mother last summer (12), and subsequently put her movie career on hold, postponing work on a film project called Black Wings Has My Angel with Tom Hiddleston.
However, X-Men director Bryan Singer has now revealed Paquin has agreed to reprise her role as Rogue in his new blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Ellen Page, who appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand, and Shawn Ashmore will also return to the franchise in the new film alongside regulars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen.
Singer announced the casting news in a post on his Twitter.com page, writing, "Very excited to welcome Anna Paquin, Ellen Page & Shawn Ashmore to X-Men: Days of Future Past - thank you (X-Men: The Last Stand director) Brett Ratner for letting them live!"
The original castmembers will be joined by X-Men: First Class stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, who played younger versions of Stewart and McKellen's characters, as well as Jennifer Lawrence and her rumoured ex-boyfriend Nicholas Hoult, who met on the set of the superhero sequel.
Thank goodness for Twitter. Had it not been for our semi-obsession with stalking all things #XMen, we would have never heard the latest on Days Of Future Past. According to the original film's first director, Bryan Singer — who is back behind the wheel for the fifth flick — some of our favorite mutants (and we're not talking Ninja Turtles!) will be back for the 2014 film.
The famed director — who passed on the third and fourth films to direct Superman Returns instead — tweeted about the return of Rogue, Iceman, and Kitty Pryde. "Very excited to welcome #annapaquin, @ellenpage & @shawnrashmore to #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast — thank you, @BrettRatner for letting them live!" Brett Ratner was the director behind 2006's The Last Stand, which did well at the box office, despite receiving mixed reviews from film critics.
The latest news adds more big names to an already inflated cast. Late last year Singer confirmed the return of James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult who will star alongside heavyweights Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellan.
With so many big names we can't help but wonder how they're going to make room for them all. The film hits theaters on July 18, 2014.
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