X-Men: Days of Future past 'not just a sequel'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 May 2013
Bryan Singer

Bryan Singer

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is "not just a sequel" to 'X-Men: First Class' or the earlier 'X-Men: The Last Stand' film according to director Bryan Singer

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is "not just a sequel".

Director Bryan Singer - who will helm the ambitious blockbuster project, uniting the casts of the original 'X-Men' trilogy and 2011 prequel 'X-Men: First Class' - insists the new film won't just be a follow-up to the 2011 film or 2006's 'X-Men: The Last Stand', but a completely original movie.

He explained: "We also wanted to play with the notion of different times and stuff like the way that time affects destinies. It enables the film to not just be a sequel to 'First Class' or 'X-Men 3' but to actually be its own thing."

With a time-travelling plot, Singer was wary about the film being too confusing - but was assured it made sense by another famous director.

He said: "I think we've got it figured out. I pitched it to James Cameron when I was in New Zealand last year and he said, 'Yes, that makes sense.' "

Meanwhile, Singer hopes the mix of older and newer faces - including Sir Ian McKellen as Magneto from the original trilogy and Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique from 'First Class' - will entice all audiences.

He added to SFX: "We wanted an opportunity to bring some of the favourite older and younger characters together."

Other A-list stars who are set to reprise their roles from the various 'X-Men' films include Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen
  • UK release: 22 May 2014

When the mutants of the future face extinction, they send Wolverine (Jackman) back in time to change destiny. The finale is too effects-heavy and non-fans may question whether it all makes sense, but the principal players are all on top form and the slick direction and smart writing are at times enormously entertaining.

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