UPDATE: Berry's spidey-senses were tingling correctly (I know, I know, Spider-Man is in a different universe). Her return for X-Men: Days of Future Past has just been confirmed by Deadline.
EARLIER: It's a big weekend for X-Men fans. First, the director of the upcoming sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer tweeted (below) that French actor Omar Sy from critical hit The Intouchables will join the film. And now, Halle Berry, who fans will remember as Storm in the original X-Men movies, says she "thinks" she's in for the new movie.
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During the junket for her new flick The Call, Berry told Access Hollywood that she's "in" for the movie, adding the super safe follow-up: "I think I'm in." Of course, it's not all that unlikely that Berry would return to reprise her explosive role in Singer's followup to X-Men: First Class. with Patrick Stewart returning to play his signature role as Professor Charles Xavier, Hugh Jackman coming back as Wolverine, and Anna Paquin returning as Rogue, it would seem a little lonely without Berry's beloved lady mutant along for the ride. Reps for Berry could not be reached for confirmation at the time of publication.
As for Sy, his role remains shrouded in mystery, as Singer only managed to reveal the fact that the actor will be in the film. Perhaps there's a mutant role just primed and ready for the French star?
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Sy and (potentially) Berry join an already robust cast for X-Men: Days of Future Past, including Stewart, Jackman, Paquin, Ellen Paige, Sir Ian McKellan, and Jennifer Lawrence to name a few.
Thrilled to welcome the brilliant #OmarSy from the amazing film #TheIntouchables to the cast of #Xmen #DaysofFuturePast!
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) March 2, 2013
[Photo Credit: Wenn]
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WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
G.I. Joe is a top-secret multi-national special forces unit comprised of highly-trained physically attractive military personnel from around the world. Equipped with the latest in superawesome vehicles and weaponry and guided by the tough but fair General Hawk they take on the baddest of the bad guys the kind of terrorists that scoff at conventional organizations. As the General himself so aptly states “When all else fails we don’t.”
That credo is put to the test however when a shadowy terrorist group armed with even awesomer vehicles and weaponry like crazy-ass laser guns and computer-guided zombie troopers infiltrates the Joes’ compound and makes off with a cache of four WMDs each of which is capable of leveling an entire city. Do the men and women of G.I. Joe have what it takes to defeat these menacing new adversaries before they mount their next devastating attack?
WHO’S IN IT?
It takes an elite group of actors to play an elite group of soldiers and the cast of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is stocked with an abundance of Hollywood’s most talented performers all adorned in various types of leather fetish apparel. White Chicks star Marlon Wayans plays Ripcord a flight specialist who can pilot any type of airplane even enemy crafts that respond only to voice commands uttered in Celtic. Channing Tatum star of Step Up and Step Up 2: The Streets plays his best pal Duke a badass infantryman who knows no fear. Preeminent ginger chick Rachel Nichols showcases her fiery crimson locks as Scarlett a shrewd intel expert whose stoic exterior hides a growing attraction to Ripcord. Barking out the orders as General Hawk is Enemy Mine star Dennis Quaid.
On the side of the bad guys is the Baroness played by Factory Girl star Sienna Miller in a push-up bra dirty librarian glasses and a raven-colored dye job. She’s the point woman for McMullen a shady Scottish weapons magnate played by Christopher Eccleston. But McMullen is no ordinary shady Scottish weapons magnate; he’s covertly amassed a huge terrorist empire headquartered beneath the polar ice caps. It’s there that “The Doctor ” a horribly disfigured mad scientist played by (500) Days of Summer star Joseph Gordon-Levitt concocts all sorts of diabolical new weapons and gadgets to unleash on the innocent.
Oh and there are ninjas too. Good guy Snake Eyes played by Ray Park wears sleek black body armor while the evil Storm Shadow played by Byung-hun Lee runs around in a updated version of Elvis Presley’s classic all-white jumpsuit.
Loaded with scene after scene of high-tech action-movie eye candy G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra assaults the senses with such a relentless barrage of over-the-top stunts eye-popping visual effects and stylized fight sequences that only the most coldly cynical of viewers will be able to resist submitting to its visceral charms.
As with most sugary indulgences the sweet dizzying high is followed almost immediately by a painful crash. Feelings of guilt and shame start to simmer as you kick yourself for yielding to such soulless gluttony. The next morning you awake with a throbbing headache and a heart filled with regret. The following day a doctor informs you that you have adult-onset diabetes. So in a nutshell G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is the cinematic equivalent of adult-onset diabetes.
The scene where they have the big fight with all the advanced weapons and a whole bunch of stuff blows up. Oh wait that’s EVERY scene.
For the bulk of his performance Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s face is obscured by a bulky breathing apparatus and his voice is altered to sound like the computerized movie trailer's narrator. Which makes one wonder why they bothered to hire a name actor for the role in the first place.
High school seductress Alice (Natacha Régnier) talks sensitive boy-pal Luc (Jeremie Rénier) into killing fellow student Saïd (Salim Kechiouche) - retribution Alice claims for Saïd organizing a gang-rape of her. After a memorably messy knifing the not-so-natural-born killers flee to the forest to dispose of the victim's body. But a kinky woodsman (Miki Manojlovic) with eccentric ideas about justice has no intention of letting the pair slip away until he's had some fun of his own.
Belgian-born rising star Régnier ("The Dreamlife of Angels") is a bewitching presence as a Rimbaud-spouting sociopath but the film doesn't know what to do with her after her nutso credentials are established. Rénier ("La Promesse") actually gets more mileage out of the less-showy Luc whose awkward sexual coming of age in the woodsman's cabin is the film's most original element. Yugoslavian star Manojlovic ("Black Cat White Cat") brings unexpected nobility to his meat-loving hermit character - a lusty Ted Kaczinski with European table manners.
French writer-director François Ozon ("Sitcom") initially puts a fresh spin on the familiar lovers-on-the-lam genre with the film's unpredictable first section but his unsympathetic portrayal of Alice increasingly distances the audience from the criminal duo's plight. The offbeat sexualities he explores are interesting as psychological cases but don't have much emotional resonance. On a more positive note the film's simple but arresting visual style effectively plays the tranquil forest settings against the twisted deeds that occur there.