Director Bryan Singer has confirmed that original X-Men trilogy stars Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore will reprise their roles in X-Men: Days of Future Past, the follow-up to 2011’s X-Men: First Class.
“Very excited to welcome #annapaquin, @ellenpage & @shawnrashmore to #XMen #DaysofFuturePast – thank you @BrettRatner for letting them live!,” tweeted Bryan Singer.
Anna Paquin will return as Rogue, a mutant with the ability to temporarily take the energy or powers of anyone she touches. Days of Future Past will be Paquin’s fourth time playing the character.
Ellen Page is reprising her role as Kitty Pryde, a mutant who possesses the ability to pass through solid objects. In the first two films, Kitty was played by actresses Sumela Kay in X-Men (2000) and Katie Stuart in X2: X-Men United (2003) in minor roles. Page played the character in the third film X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
Shawn Ashmore is returning for the fourth time as Bobby Drake aka Iceman, a mutant who can create constructs of ice or blasts of cold.
Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult are also confirmed to return for the movie.
The film is inspired by Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s comic book storyline that ran in “Uncanny X-Men” #141 and 142 back in 1981. “Days of Future Past” introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel’s mutants that grew out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is scheduled to be released by 20th Century Fox on July 18, 2014.