X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Director: Bryan Singer
Writer: Bryan Singer (story), Chris Claremont (comic book), Jane Goldman, John Byrne (comic book), Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence (Raven / Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy / Beast), Peter Dinklage ([UNKNOWN]), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto), Hugh Jackman (Logan / Wolverine), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat), Anna Paquin (Marie / Rogue), Ian McKellen (Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto [OLDER]), Halle Berry (Ororo Munroe / Storm), Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier [OLDER]), Shawn Ashmore (Bobby Drake / Iceman), Booboo Stewart (James Proudstar / Warpath), Daniel Cudmore (Piotr Rasputin / Colossus), Bingbing Fan (Clarice Ferguson / Blink, Omar Sy ([UNKNOWN]), Adan Canto (Sunspot), Evan Peters (Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver)

Genres: Sci-Fi Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Released: July 18, 2014 (USA)
Running time: [UKNOWN]

The X-Men must travel in time to change a major historical event that could globally impact on man and mutant kind.

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• Matthew Vaughn was supposed to return to direct this movie but he decided to decline. Bryan Singer, the director of the first two X-Men films and a producer, was hired to direct.

• The “Days of Future Past” storyline was selected as this film’s plot in part because it would allow the filmmakers to reconcile the continuity dissonance between X-Men: First Class and the original X-Men film series. The time travel element also allowed actors from the original series to appear in character once again, and remove certain elements from the original series continuity (in particular, the events of X-Men: The Last Stand) that would allow the original series to continue in sequel films, as well as the new time line as set in First Class.

• According to Bryan Singer, he had a two-hour discussion with James Cameron, director of the time-travel films The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, about how to make the time-travel concept feasible and workable within the film.

• Alan Cumming declined to reprise his role as Nightcrawler from X2 due to the heavy make-up demands for the character.

• This is the third film in the X-Men series to be based on one of Chris Claremont’s stories from the comic book. “God Loves, Man Kills” was the inspiration for X2, while “The Dark Phoenix Saga” was included in that film and X-Men: The Last Stand. “Dark Phoenix” and “Days of Future Past” have also both been adapted as episodes of the “X-Men” animated series.

• Unlike most of the actors who’ve appeared throughout the X-Men franchise, January Jones was not asked to reprise the role she originated in X-Men: First Class.

• Including his cameo in X-Men: First Class, this will be Hugh Jackman’s seventh portrayal of Logan/Wolverine, raising his own record for the most times a comic book character has been played by the same actor in theatrical films. He will also be the only actor to appear in the entire X-Men film series.

• Jason Flemyng was originally set to reprise his role as Azazel when Matthew Vaughn was still set to direct. When Vaughn left, the storyline was dropped in favor of the time travel/crossover storyline, and Azazel’s role cut from the script to accommodate characters from the original X-Men film series.

• John Ottman is the first composer to score more than one movie of the series.

• The original story on which this film is based involved time travel from the year 2013, the same year in which filming began.

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