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With everyone and their momma from the original “X-Men” trilogy seemingly coming back for “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, I think most people were a little surprised to see that there was one name notably absent from the big list of returnees: Halle Berry, who played Storm in all three “X-Men” films.
Bryan Singer, who directed the first two “X-Men” films, and is now poised to helm “X-Men: Days of Future Past” for 20th Century Fox, recently chatted with MTV about the upcoming film. The director skirted the issue of who will be the villains in the film, talked a bit about having an all-CGI character, and finally, seems very unsure about Halle Berry’s appearance in the sequel.
He said this about Berry’s possible involvement:
I can’t say. I don’t know yet. And it’s not necessarily a deal making aspect at all. I want to make sure it’ll make sense. But I love working with her.
Bryan is kinda being disingenuous there. It’s always about the deal making in Hollywood. By now he and his screenwriters would have already finished the script and know who will be needed back and who won’t. So if Singer is hedging his bets about Berry returning as Storm, chances are Storm is in the script and the deal is not getting done for whatever reason.
As to stuffing so many characters from the two franchises into one, and the story of the sequel, Singer had this to say:
I don’t want to say [who the protagonists are] yet, or talk about that yet, but I will say that every character has a very important function in the story. The story is designed and catered to the combined cast. It’s not just throwing in people to occupy the screen, occupy the billboards. The story ‘Days of Future Past,’ and our version of ‘Days of Future Past’ is geared very much toward the mass cast and all their relationships and all their foibles and their achievements.
Ah, see? Singer all but admits that they have the entire story (script) already written, and know who will be showing up and who won’t. Which makes his comments that Berry’s return isn’t about making the “deal” a tad suspect.
But hey, I could be wrong.