X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has confirmed that Hugh Jackman will appear as Wolverine in the film, after negotiations began last month.
The return of Jackman, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart was expected given their role in the original trilogy (you couldn’t have an X-Men ‘event movie’ without them), and now the guess work begins on who else will be back.
Here’s Singer’s tweet:
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) December 19, 2012
Along with Jackman, McKellen, and Stewart one could argue that Halle Berry’s Storm and Famke Janssen’s Jean Grey/Phoenix were the other key player in the original trilogy, so hopefully they are next to be confirmed (although the ending of X3 may make Famke’s return less likely).
The Days of Future Past comic storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight the 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.
James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult are all set to reprise their roles, and filming will begin next year for a July 2014 release. The Wolverine, directed by James Mangold, will hit screens July 2013.