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I get that Bryan Singer wants to make a big splash with his return to the “X-Men” universe after passing on “X-Men: The Last Stand” in 2006, but damn, the cast of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” looks like it’s getting a tad crowded.
As of now, we know for sure that the main cast of Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class” will be returning for the sequel, “Days of Future Past”, including Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, along with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto, respectively. We also know that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen will also return, playing the older versions of Professor X and Magneto, respectively. And of course, Hugh Jackman, who already showed up in “First Class” in a crowd-pleasing cameo, will also be back for the sequel as Wolverine.
Now you can add Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, and Shawn Ashmore to the list of returning mutants as well. Singer tweeted their official involvement with the sequel earlier today.
Of course, I think it was expected that Page might return, since she plays the pivotal role of Kitty Pryde, aka Shadowcat, the character who kicks off the time-traveling storyline of “Days of Future Past”. Paquin and Ashmore play mutant lovebirds Rogue and Iceman, respectively, and I guess their return is a bonus, albeit a somewhat unnecessary one given the already cluttered cast.
Getting all the original actors back to play their “X-Men” characters is a major coup, I suppose. It will also effectively connect the two “X-Men” franchises together, which I guess is something Fox really wants to do after seeing how much success Marvel has had linking their characters into one cohesive universe. It still remains to be seen how they link this franchise with Jackman’s “Wolverine”, something that “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” did rather shabbily.
There is one noticeably missing name amongst all the returning cast, though. What, no Halle Berry, Bryan Singer?