Bryan Singer Speaks On Ian McKellen & Michael Fassbender’s Magneto In ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past'; Confirms The Film Will Be Shot In 3D
On the promotional campaign for ‘Jack the Giant Slayer,’ director Bryan Singer opened up to Digital Spy about ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ Singer confirmed that he will take advantage of Ian McKellen’s presence alongside Michael Fassbender to explore the moral conflict within Magneto in the film, “It’s interesting. Because I have both Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender in the picture, you’ll deal with both sides of that point of view. It really explores the relationship between Xavier and Magneto, and the evolution of that relationship – where it came from and where it’s going.”
The filmmaker was also asked if ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ strikes a darker tone, similar to the ‘Dyas of Future Past’ comic book arc, “Yeah, I have a certain style when I approach X-Men films. This ones going to be a much larger canvas, it takes place during multiple times, it has an enormous cast and there’s also other technologies and stuff… there’s some science fictions aspects to it that we haven’t seen yet in X-Men films. But I’ll probably bring a bit of my old-school tone to this one. I’m very excited about it. I can’t wait to get started.”
The filmmaker also confirmed that ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ will be shot in 3D, “….we’re shooting in native 3D. I think it’s really important to shoot in native 3D and not post-dimensionalise it. For some scenes you can do that, but to be able to control your depths it’s important.” Check out the interview clip below.
Last month director Bryan Singer announced that the ‘Game of Thrones’ star Peter Dinklage is the latest actor to join the ever-growing cast of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ Further reports bring word that the Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actor will play the main antagonist in the film. With Singer merging past and present ‘X-Men’ actors for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ the director recently announced that Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) will be joining the film – which is ostensibly a sequel to ‘X-Men: First Class,’ but will prominently feature actors from the first ‘X-Men’ trilogy.
That casting news follows the announcements that Hugh Jackman will be playing Wolverine again, and that Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are to reprise their roles as Magneto and Professor X, with Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy returning to play younger versions of the same characters in the film. Seeds of a tie-in between the trilogies were sown when Jackman hilariously cameoed as Wolverine in ‘X-Men: First Class.’ Jennifer Lawrence, Omar Sy and Nicholas Hoult have also been confirmed to star.
Bryan Singer launched the’ X-Men’ movie franchise with the first two films and has been a guiding influence in each subsequent X-Men film by producing. Matthew Vaughn, director of ‘X-Men: First Class,’ will produce ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ with his fellow co-writer on the film, Simon Kinberg, and Lauren Shuler Donner. Set to start production shortly for a July 18th, 2014 release date, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ will be based on a classic comic book story arc that unfolded in two issues of Marvel Comics’ ‘Uncanny X-Men’ in 1981, from writer Chris Claremont and artists John Byrne and Terry Austin.
The story was partially set in an alternate future where surviving mutants have been penned in concentration camps, giant robots called Sentinels patrol America, and most of the X-Men have been hunted and killed. In the present day, the X-Men were forced to stop a key event from unfolding in order to keep that future from occurring. The official synopsis of the ‘Days of Future Past’ comic book story arc is as follows:
“The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future.”
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