Bryan Singer Reveals Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart Will Return For 'Days of Future Past'

Bryan Singer thrilled the film (and comic) world when it was announced that he would step up for the next X-Men film after Matthew Vaughn bowed out. All things considered, X-Men: First Class was an amazing success and Vaugn would have probably done just a good a job with his second at bat. But that was then and now that Singer is back he’s going to try on even bigger pants than he started with more than a decade ago.

As the premise for the latest X-Men film is quite a departure from the grounded narrative with social commentary that Singer started the series with, the themes are still familiar and relevant. Here’s the official synopsis…

The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men.

Singer’s return has been declared good news by all but the recent additions really have fans cheering. News from Singer himself have given comic fans more reason to get behind this latest installment. These tweets below announce the return of characters not just from Vaughn’s film but also the Singer, and partly Ratner, series. Wow!

Since this film is all about different/intersecting timelines, it is going to be entirely awesome to see young and older versions of the same characters; specifically the headlining talents Ian McKellen/Michael Fassbender and Patrick Stewart/James McAvoy (thanks to The Film Stage for the heads up). So while we await for production to begin early next year we’ll keep you up to date on any and all news about this project.

X-Men: Days of Future Past sees the return of Bryan Singer to the X-Men franchise and is expected to hit theaters in the distant future on July 18th, 2014. Can anyone wait that long? Well if you were already lining up outside the theater for the Justice League in 2015, or even Star Wars Ep VII, then 2014 isn’t that far away now is it?


  • Andrew Crump

    Interesting enough, I suppose, but I really only think X2 holds up well (and, really, I only think Singer’s been really, truly good a handful of times in his career).

    Still, it doesn’t take a ton of vision to direct a good superhero movie, and the casting news has me interested even though First Class didn’t work me up as much as it did everyone else.

    • RidgeRacer4

      You know, I think I got swept up in the flurry of the announcement that taking a step back I am inclined to agree with you about Singer and X1. But he’s had unseen hands in thinks like House, M.D. so I think him taking the helm is still a good thing.

      Also, I LOVE First Class so it just comes down to personal tastes. Not like they’re related but you loved Klown while I thought it was entertaining at best. Film…subjective as it’s ever been:)

  • ruth

    Wahoo!! I LOVE First Class but having both the older versions of Xavier and Magneto will make me love the sequel even more!

    • RidgeRacer4

      McAvoy/Stewart and Fassbender/McKellen…it’s a quadfecta (is that a word?:P) of uncanny proportions!