James McAvoy Talks ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, Reacts To ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ & Confirms He’ll Play Xavier Again
Last week, seemingly out of nowhere, director Bryan Singer announced the upcoming sequel to ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ titled ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ Additionally, he also revealed we’ll be seeing it on the big screen on May 27th, 2016. The character Apocalypse, created by Louise and Walter Simonson, made his debut in X-Factor #6. The world’s first mutant, En Sabah Nur was born in Egypt around 3,000 BC and used advanced technology to make himself an eternal conqueror, believing wholeheartedly in survival of the fittest.
At the British Independent Film Awards for ‘Filth,’ James McAvoy discussed ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ and also revealed that the “Apocalypse” announcement came out of nowhere for him too. “I only heard about it this morning!” McAvoy said in an interview with Red Carpet News TV. And while he didn’t confirm a return for the film, he did say that he’s contracted for a third appearance as Charles Xavier.
On the topic of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ James McAvoy called it, “The biggest X-Men film yet, without a doubt.” The actor continued. “The personal pleasure for me in ‘First Class’ was presenting a Charles Xavier to the fans, but also a new audience, who’s very different from the Charles that you expected. But he was still very sort of ‘Everything’s going good!’ In the second movie I get to present another version of Charles Xavier who’s still very different from the Charles that used to exist, but he’s also remarkably different from the Charles in ‘First Class’ as well. So what’s great is that even though it’s a sequel, even though it’s a franchise, I keep getting to reinvent Charles Xavier and that’s amazing. I’ve got to do it twice now, because the Charles in this film is unrecognizable from the Charles in the last film as well unrecognizable from the Charles played by Patrick Stewart, who I then get to face up to. That’s sort of theatrical almost, it’s like we’re playing a game with the audience saying ‘Look at the many faces of Charles-Patrick-Stewart-Xavier-McAvoy. It’s really good fun.”
Acting as a sequel to both ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ includes cast members from both: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Daniel Cudmore return from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ while James McAvoy, Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till return from ‘X-Men: First Class.’
Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto, Evan Peters and Josh Helman round out the film’s principal cast. Co-written, produced and directed by Bryan Singer, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is based on the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline “Days of Future Past” by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. The film is scheduled to be released in 2D and 3D theaters on May 23rd, 2014.
Bryan Singer launched the’ X-Men’ movie franchise with the first two films, ‘X-Men’ and ‘X2,’ 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. The screenplay is written by Kinberg, Vaughn, and Jane Goldman, with Singer writing the story. ‘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.
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