There was speculation last year that Famke Janssen, who played Jean Grey/Phoenix in the X-Men trilogy, had flown to Australia to shoot a cameo for The Wolverine, and this appears to have been confirmed by Hugh Jackman who teased “a cameo from one of the past X-Men” in a recent interview with Parade.
Famke Janssen is currently on the rounds promoting her latest film Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters, and while she deflected any talk about The Wolverine, she did speak about her potential involvement in X-Men: Days of Future Past which will be bringing back Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and Hugh Jackman from the old trilogy.
From Splash Page:
“I’m waiting by the phone. It would be very surreal. I would be honored to be a part of any of these ‘X-Men’ movies. It would be great.”
It might be great, but it won’t be easy, given where things left off with Jean Grey in “The Last Stand.”
“She died as Jean Grey and she died as the Phoenix. Is there another incarnation of her that we haven’t seen? I don’t think so,” said the actress. “Bryan Singer is a very smart guy, but if we go younger, I’m out too. I’m all for an interpretation of that on whatever front. I’d be thrilled.”
It’d be great to see Jean Grey again on the big screen, but with Famke’s recent comments it doesn’t seem it’ll be in X-Men: Days of Future Past. I’d very much expect to see her in The Wolverine though, however briefly.
One character we don’t need to worry about returning is Beast, played by Nicholas Hoult. Writer and producer Simon Kinberg previously said the film will explore the relationship between Hank and Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) further, and Hoult recently told ScreenCave he’s looking forward to once again working with his Jack the Giant Slayer director Bryan Singer.
“We’ve gotten along really well. He’s fantastic on the X-Men films. He really knows what’s going on. And from what I’ve heard about the script, I think it’s going to be a really cool film. I’m looking forward to it. I like that character [Hank McCoy/Beast] as well.”
When pressed about the script, Hoult didn’t divulge any details. He just can’t talk about it.
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, and Michael Fassbender are also all set to reprise their roles, and filming will begin sometime around April for a July 2014 release. The Wolverine, directed by James Mangold, will hit screens July 2013.