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Famke Janssen Plays Coy About X-Men: Days of Future Past Role

Although many believe Famke Janssen will make a cameo in the upcoming The Wolverine, she’s not going to be the one to spill the beans.

When asked by MTV News about her recent visit to Australia, Janssen said she had no idea what the interviewer was talking about, and she played only a little less coy about her potential involvement in either The Wolverine or X-Men: Days of Future Past.

“I’m waiting by the phone. It would be very surreal,” she said. “I would be honored to be a part of any of these X-Men movies. It would be great.”

Considering Jean Grey and Phoenix died in the original X-Men trilogy, it could be a little tricky to bring her back in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Janssen acknowledged as much, saying it wouldn’t be easy to resurrect her character again.

“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,” Janssen said. “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.”

She echoed similar sentiments to SuperHeroHype, but seemed slightly more optimistic when she said, “One never knows. Jean Grey, the Phoenix … she finds a way to reincarnate herself constantly, so one never knows.”

The 1981 Days of Future Past story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, which appeared in The Uncanny X-Men #141-142, depicts a timeline created by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants from assassinating a U.S. senator. In that alternate future, the giant robotic Sentinels have become the de facto rulers of the United States, where mutants are hunted down and placed in internment camps.


  • Shalaan10

    So glad she made a comment about wishing there was more done to the Phoenix storyline in The Last Stand… to this day I’m still heavily upset with that movie, but ehh… what can you do… at least the actors can recognize that it wasn’t the best X-men movie and hopefully the people in the bizz can move forward and make a better one in the future… crossing my fingers for Days of Future Past!

  • Mgronemeyer01

    Jean Grey has died and been ressurected like 25 times in the comics so just do it.
    Its a comic book movie if we’re that worried about believability go do another genre.

    Sure wolverine stabbed her but do we see her literally buried in the ground? It could be done.
    First Class already fudged around the history so who cares just make a decent flick.

  • JohnSmith1993

    Considering that X-Men: First Class seems to have ignored The Last Stand, so I wouldn’t have a problem with Famke back as Jean Grey (maybe they could do a proper version of the Phoenix Saga).

  • Mlsanad

    Another case of horrible casting, just like 6ft+ tall Jackman. She’s 48 now, and always just looked wrong for the part. Please, just stop making these horrible X-men movies for 5-10 years and start over with a re-boot.

  • twincast

    Actually, no.

    She died once, which was retconned to not actually having been her.

    And many years later she died a second (or rather a new first) time and aside from an aborted resurrection a while ago she’s been gone ever since while Emma’s been turned into a faux-Jean to the detriment of both characters (and Cyclops).

    Comics fans, Marvel staff and even the characters themselves keep touting her constantly dying and getting better, but it simply is not true. Probably started with casual fans reading too much into the Phoenix name.

  • Erikgalston

    She died twice in Morrison’s run…