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The Following’s Adan Canto Joins X-Men: Days of Future Past

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The massive cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past just got a bit bigger. The latest casting announcement was made on Twitter, although surprisingly not by Twitter-happy director Bryan Singer. Actor Adan Canto, best known for his work in The Following, revealed he is now an X-Men using the above photo.

“@BryanSinger: @canadiensMTL @sirpatstew @ianmckellen @adancanto @ShawnRAshmore pic.twitter.com/g9tfY1vse5 Thrilled tobeX-Men! #daysoffuturepast,” he tweeted while watching the Montreal Canadiens play alongside Singer, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Shawn Ashmore. Even if you don’t like hockey, it’s hard not to be jealous of that company.

Earlier in April, Canto had offered a big tease about his role in Days of Future Past. When asked for a hint on his new projects, he tweeted, “I might turn into a ball of fire if someone pisses me off.” Many assume Canto will play Roberto da Costa, better known as Sunspot, although that has yet to be confirmed.

You can check out the new Habs fans in action in this short video.

X-Men: Days of Future Past takes its name from the 1981 Marvel comics story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne depicting 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. McKellen will appear in the film along with Michael Fassbender who played Magneto in the 60s-set X-Men: First Class which lends much of its cast to this film which Singer intends to use as a way to tie together all previous X-movies including the two he directed.

The film, which opens July 18, 2014, also stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Peter Dinklage, among others.

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