Hugh Jackman Talks ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’: “Everything About Wolverine Seems More At Home In The 70s”
In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Hugh Jackman opened up about the upcoming ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ and the ‘X-Men’ movie franchise. “I thought that was it,” Jackman told the outlet when asked about how he felt to – seemingly – leave the ‘X-Men’ franchise behind with Brett Ratner’s ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ in 2006. “There was already talk about doing a younger version, and I was certainly talking about Wolverine and trying to drum up interest in that. I thought the idea of another X-Men movie was done, so this was a surprise. And a welcome one.”
On working once again with director Bryan Singer and the scope of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ Hugh Jackman said, “Bryan has such an incredible brain. This is certainly the biggest movie Fox has made outside of Avatar, so there’s pressure from all angles. But he’s buzzing, and he’s confident. He’s gone deeper emotionally, and it’s a great ensemble piece.”
Asked to comment on where we pick up with Logan in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ and how he feels to be sent back in time, Hugh Jackman said, “He’s a warrior and he can’t hide from that anymore, even if the consequences are going to be messy and painful. If there’s an era for Wolverine, its the 70s. The hair, the mutton chops, you can smoke cigars everywhere…everything about Wolverine seems more at home in the 70s.”
Additionally, Bryan Singer opened up to Empire about a scene which may or may not make it into the movie. “There’s a line that Fassbender says that may make it. He says to Wolverine, ‘You spend the next 50 years trying to bring me down?’ Wolverine says, ‘Pretty much.’ Magneto says, ‘How did that go for you…’” (quotes via CBM)
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, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Daniel Cudmore return from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ while James McAvoy, Michael 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.
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.
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.
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