Wednesday, April 24, 2013

UPDATE: X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past (UPDATE/WATCH)

X-Men: Days of Future Past welcomes, Bishop & Warpath 
(updated on June 5, 2013, 10:27 a.m.) 
 by Brett White 

 The day Bryan Singer (pictured above) discovered Vine videos should be celebrated as a holiday by all comic book movie aficionados. After showing off Ian McKellen on set in a Vine video, director Bryan Singer has teased two new additions to the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" cast.

The Vine video pans across a row of actor chairs on set, all labeled with the actor's character name. Two surprises are included, alongside…

Logan / Wolverine (Hugh Jackman)

Professor Xavier / Professor X (James McAvoy) 

Professor Xavier / Professor X (Patrick Stewart) 

  Magneto (Michael Fassbender) 

Magneto (Ian McKellen) 

Storm (Halle Berry) 

Mystique / Raven Darkholm (Jennifer Lawrence) 

Beast (Nicholas Hoult) 

Kitty Pryde / Shadow Cat (Ellen Page) 

Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) 

Colossus (Daniel Cudmore)

Rogue (Anna Paquin)

Blink (Fan Bingbing) 

Quicksilver / Pietro Maximoff (Evans Peter)

This confirms that Bishop and Warpath are at least prominent enough characters to warrant a chair. But who is playing each character? Bishop (Omar Sy) I previously pegged Omar Sy as Bishop, among four other possibilities. Bishop's a time-traveling mutant with the ability to absorb and redirect all forms of energy; he also has the mutant power of big guns. Bishop debuted in "Uncanny X-Men" #281 in 1991 and immediately jumped into the Fox cartoon series. Bishop played a crucial role in the cartoon's adaptation of "Days of Future Past," and the same may hold true for the film adaptation.

Warpath / James Proudstar (Booboo Stewart) I guessed that Booboo Stewart would be playing Warpath (or his older brother Thunderbird) after seeing the actor sporting long hair similar to both characters. James "Warpath" Proudstar first appeared in 1984's "New Mutants" #16 as a member of the Hellions. He initially sought revenge on the X-Men after his older brother, John, died on his second mission with the team. Warpath possesses heightened senses and physical abilities and is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant. He also enjoys using really big knives. Booboo is about a foot and a half shorter than Warpath (the character is huge) but that's a problem that movie magic could easily solve. Right?

 Adan Canto It's not wise to rule out the newly-announced Adan Canto for either role. Either way, Warpath and Bishop are two of my favorite X-Men characters, and I am glad they're getting some big screen love. Peter Dinklage

Additionally, Peter Dinklage has also been cast in undetermined roles. Dinklage will portray the film's primary antagonist.
**I hope that the put Dinklage in the role of Apocalypse. I can dream right.

Halle Berry As Storm In X-Men: Days of Future Past (First Look)

X-Men: Days of Future Past (UPDATE/WATCH)

Halle Berry's baby bump concealed in 'X-Men' Storm costume 
By Nardine Saad April 22, 2013, 6:36 p.m. (updated on June 5, 2013, 9:27 a.m.) 

 For those of us up late at night concerned about Halle Berry's high-risk pregnancy at age 46, fear not. It appears that the pregnancy, at the very least, will not affect her role in the upcoming "X-Men" film. 

 As if that makes anything any better.

Director Bryan Singer teased fans with Berry's return to the franchise in a tweeted photo of the Oscar-winning actress smiling in her all-black costume. Berry confirmed her appearance in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" on "The Tonight Show" in March, and she'll reprise her role as the weather-manipulating mutant Storm.  

"Storm watch #HalleBerry #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast," Singer tweeted Monday.

The photo showed Berry, currently pregnant with her second child, holding up her cape and wearing Storm's bright wig. Her baby bump was strategically concealed by the sexy mutant's utility belt. 

The director continued his barrage of teasing tidbits from the set of the new film, which he's currently filming in Montreal. One tweet included a behind-the-scenes photo of Patrick Stewart, who plays Professor Charles Xavier. And it appears that the wheelchair-using character is standing. 

 "Picture before picture. Tomorrow it begins. @SirPatStew #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast," Singer wrote.

Another photo potentially signaled the return of the mutant-detecting chamber Cerebro, one showed the tracking markson Iceman actor Shawn Ashmore's face and another showed the big-budget film's wardrobe room. 
And then there's a Vine video, below, that has Ian McKellan, who plays Magneto, sitting in a hair-and-makeup chair. 

The film is based on one of the most well-known story lines of the "Uncanny X-Men" comic books, and this installment sees the mutants traveling in time to change a major historical event that could globally influence both man and mutants, according to the film's synopsis. That explains why we're seeing the franchise's original actors from 2000 to 2006 mash up with those of the 2011 prequel "X-Men: First Class." 

The film's roster currently includes Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin and Nicholas Hoult. "Game of Thrones" star, Peter Dinklage and French actor Omar Sy have also been added to the cast, though their roles have not yet been announced. 

 "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is set to arrive in theaters July 18, 2014.