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Key Character, Plot Details Revealed For ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’?

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Just three days after Fox was seemingly pushed by online reports into announcing plans for an X-Force movie ahead of Comic-Con International, intriguing new details have surfaced about director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Warning: Potential spoilers follow.

Vulture confirms what’s been speculated for months, that Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage will indeed play Bolivar Trask, the military scientist who created the enormous mutant-hunting robots the Sentinels. By this point that shouldn’t surprise too many, particularly as the Sentinels loom large (ahem) in the 1981 Marvel Comics storyline on which the film is based.

However, the identity of Australian actor Josh Helman’s character may catch some fans off-guard: Although his “significant role” was quickly pegged as that of Cyclops, the website contends he’ll play a younger version of William Stryker, the soldier turned religious zealot portrayed in X2 by Brian Cox and in X-Men Origins: Wolverine by Danny Huston.

The biggest potential reveal may be the size of Hugh Jackman’s role in Days of Future Past. In the original two-part story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, the X-Men’s failure to prevent the assassination of a U.S. senator by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants results in the creation of a dystopian alternate timeline in which the Sentinels have become the de facto rules of the country, where mutants are hunted down and placed in internment camps. In that future, Kitty Pryde sends her mind back to possess the body of her younger self in an attempt to warn the X-Men and stop the future from coming about.

But Vulture reports that in Singer’s version, Ellen Page’s Kitty sends Wolverine into the past: “However, something bad happens to Kitty during the time-travel trance, and while Wolverine is still under her spell, the other X-Men must race to find a mutant who can siphon Kitty’s powers and bring their friend back to the future.” The site speculates that may be where Anna Paquin’s Rogue comes into play.

And in official movie news, Singer just tweeted a photo confirming the involvement of X-Men: First Class actor Lucas Till (below)

Opening May 23, 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past also stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Fan Bingbing and Adan Canto.

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  • Scott Summers

    Kevin, you said: “William Stryker, the soldier turned religious zealot portrayed in X2 by Brian Cox and in X-Men Origins: Wolverine by Danny Huston”…I don’t recall Stryker being a religioius zealot in the films? Is that from the comics or did I miss something in the films?

  • http://www.spinoffonline.com Kevin Melrose

    It’s from the comics.

  • demoncat_4

    actully in the comics stryker was indeed a religious zealot for he was a priest the films changed him to a solider. and interesting to hear that its wolverine not kitty who time travels to try and stop the sentinals and then winds up stuck.

  • Tommy Retro

    *”GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS” by Chris Claremont & Brent Anderson.

  • Craig Copas

    This movie sounds awful :( I hate that they just can’t follow the source material.

  • 47

    Why do they need to follow the source material for it to be a good movie? None of the Marvel movies (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America or The Avengers) are direct adaptations of the comics.

  • Craig Copas

    And they all sucked. (just my opinion not trying to start a flame war) The X-Men films have been extremely bad and Singer just doesn’t get it. I really wish they would reboot the X-Films like they did Spiderman.

  • 47

    But the Spiderman (original or reboot) films don’t follow the source material directly either. Following the source material doesn’t affect whether or not it’s a good movie.

  • Thiago Rosa

    So it’s Wolverine 5.

  • Christopher Douglas

    I had a feeling Wolverine was gonna trade places with Kitty. Looks at FOX.

  • Christopher Douglas

    Yeah, because Watchmen sucked & it was strictly from the source material for real.

  • Craig Copas

    But they’re much closer than anything the X-Films have been. The X-Men films should have started with the 5 original X-Men and in a sequel they should have moved onto the new, international X-Men. Singer has no handle on the X-Men at all. The reason the X-Men were so popular is that they were the original anti-heroes. The “punks” of the Marvel universe. Not the the slick, black leather wearing morons we were given in the films. Just take the character of Rogue for example. In the film she’s basically Shadowcat. Her relationship with Logan, her age etc. Yet they made her Rogue, why? She should have just been Kitty Pryde. Let’s not even start how they ruined Nightcrawler, Cyclops, Jean Grey etc. etc.Then the movie’s plot is just plain stupid. The Spiderman reboot is the only movie with a Marvel character I actually enjoyed.

  • Noir

    This isn’t a Marvel film, it is Fox. And Fox has a LOOONG track record of screwing up the adaptations that they make by changing things due to their fear that the source material isn’t strong enough on its own for the average viewer. When they do that, we get X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Their ignorance and refusal to trust good storytelling is their downfall. I assume the original poster was trying to convey that. If not, he is a fool. After First Class, I have a bit of faith that they can turn out a somewhat decent X-Men film. Now with Singe back, I look forward to this flick. I still wish that Vaughn was directing, but I will hold my predictions until after I watch it.

  • C.F.Godwell

    Thank you, because i was about to say…

  • Chuck777

    Watchmen was a really good movie.

  • Chuck777

    Wouldn’t this be Wolverine 6? X 1-3, Origins and Wolverine. That’s 5 thus far, so Days of Future Past would be 6. :)

  • C.F.Godwell

    Oh, that’s easy. It’s because MARVEL and SINGER both exhaust the hell out of the character in order to sell the film. I would have liked to see the original story played out with KITTY and of course the inevitable addition of a bloated cast of characters that had nothing to do with the original, but that is to be expected.

    I don’t know why (after the disgrace that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine) they cannot let Wolverine play support and stick to the damn story while adding a few tweaks to keep it interesting and for translation to the screen.

  • C.F.Godwell

    You mean it sucked in YOUR opinion? It wasn’t supposed to be an action flick. Should they get Michael Bay to direct one big explosion with some sprinkling of some WATCHMEN for namesake?

  • Duder Lebowsiki

    Still better than anything DC is doing outside of the Nolan Batman trilogy and Man Of Steel.

  • Leonardo DaVinci Barnette

    Interesting to hear…or boring….Wolverine always becomes the focus…leaving everyone to play “background singer” while he’s out front in the middle, with the mic. It’s gotten quite OLD.

  • C.F.Godwell

    They were close enough and recognizable enough to bear the name. My biggest issues with CAP was the fact that they killed BUCKY too damn fast and that there wasn’t any FURY and not enough WWII.

    The absence of Swastikas on the Red Skulls uniform was pretty stupid as well. “For toys”???? Come on.

  • C.F.Godwell

    I’m VERY worried as well.

  • C.F.Godwell

    AMEN, Leonardo. SOOOOOOOO tired. I like Jackman as Wolverine, but he has a film coming out asap. Why do we need DAYS to turn into WOLVERINE III?

  • stainedglassscarlet

    but those movies sucked

  • stainedglassscarlet

    I think the return of Singer was the kiss of death. Vaugh made the most X-Men like film with the limited resources he had, playig in the universe singer messed up.

  • stainedglassscarlet

    Man of Steel was a disgrace

  • Duder Lebowski

    Better than any other Superman movie that’s been put out in over thirty years. And I’m ok with that.

  • demoncat_4

    not to mention making wolverine one character who is fast becoming over used . a little over kill now for wolverine

  • demoncat_4

    because sadly fox sees how popular wolverine is with fans and wants to exploit it as much as possible. even committ character over kill. for i also wanted them to try and do days of future past like its from the comics with some tweaks. instead we get another x-men film where wolverine is the big gun and one needs a score card to keep track of who all is in it espically since certain characters were not involved in the source material . including bishop .

  • Spiderpope

    Disappointed Peter Dinklage isn’t going to be Puck.

  • Thiago Rosa

    Crap on a stick, you’re right

  • Thiago Rosa

    Superman DOES NOT KILL

  • Bhargav Mohanty

    Its a movie, good they changed something from the comics. Following the comics blindly isn’t always very exciting.

  • Thiago Rosa

    I’m sure there is some middle ground between “following the comics blindly” and “completely changing an aspect central to the character”.

  • adam

    so Kitty now has telepathic powers? Didn’t rachel send her mind back in the original?

  • akkadiannumen

    I’m ok with Wolverine as a key character yet again. It’s a great character portrayed by a good actor that looks the part (despite being very tall :D) and has a firm grasp of what makes it great. Plus, there’s a chance Jackman won’t be in the next X-Men or Wolverine movie. He’s in great shape but he’s 44 years old, he’s not signed to any more X-Men movies and he’s not enthusiastic about staying with the character. In the best case scenario he has one or two more movies left in his Wolverine and Fox and their guys are doing what they can to squeeze as much as possible from him. It’s simply the smart thing to do.

  • akkadiannumen

    Sure he does. He’s killed before, he’ll do it again. Just to ruin your day. :p Now go read a few comics with Superman killing villains and get depressed. :p