The X-Men movies have always been an ensemble piece and, while the stories have mostly revolved around Wolverine, other characters have had arcs throughout the series. In Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past Wolverine will still be getting a good chunk of the screen time, however according to writer and producer Simon Kinberg the focal point of the story will be the evolution of Charles Xavier.
From Contact Music:
Screenwriter Simon Kinberg said: One of the things we talked about a lot was, ‘Whose movie is it?’ Because as much as any ensemble movie is about all the main characters, there is a primary point of view or primary arc that you’re tracking over the span of the film.
For us, very early on, we made the decision that it was young Charles’ arc and that, really, the emotional story of the movie is watching him go from the guy who’s lost his legs, lost his best friend, lost his sister, and in some ways lost his mind, to a guy who will become the all powerful, benevolent Professor Xavier.
Kinberg added: When you start the movie, McAvoy is really about as far as one can be from the Patrick Stewart that we know from ‘X-Men’. We’re really watching him take the first big step towards owning that chair and becoming a leader.
X-Men: Days of Future Past stars Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Daniel Cudmore, and Omar Sy. Post-production is currently under-way and 20th Century Fox has set a May 2014 release.