Hugh Jackman in talks to return as Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past

On November 29, 2012 by danm

Hugh Jackman is in talks to reprise the role of the mutant renegade Wolverine in the upcoming X-Men movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

 

The new film, titled Days of Future Past begins production early next year and is scheduled for a summer 2014 release.

Casting news is raising eyebrows amongst many, with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart confirmed to be returning to the franchise after a six-year absence. Director Bryan Singer, who helmed the first two films, has also returned and earlier this week confirmed the pair of thespian heavyweights would be reprising their roles.

Those unfamiliar with the Days of Future Past storyline from the 1981 X-Men comics will doubtless find the announcement puzzling due to the events of the hit 2011 X-Men prequel, First Class. With an entirely new cast – save for a few blink and you’ll miss them cameos – First Class was an origin story for the Xavier and Magneto characters, with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender playing the younger versions of the characters, to much critical acclaim. McAvoy and Fassbender are also returning for Days of Future Past, meaning that we will now have both the younger and older versions of the characters featuring in the blockbuster.

If, as expected, the movie follows the same basic plot as the 80’s comic arc, Days of Future Past will see an dystopian future, where the US is ran as a police state, with gigantic robots acting as an oppressive force to keep mutants in containment camps.

The casting of both versions of Xavier and Magneto heavily suggests that the time travelling element will heavily feature in the film, much to the delight of the worldwide fanbase who hold McAvoy, Fassbender, McKellen and Stewart in high regard.

Jackman will be featuring as the fast-healing mutant with a metal skeleton in 2013’s solo film The Wolverine, which has recently been confirmed to take place after events in the third X-Men film, The Last Stand. Fans will be delighted to see the Australian returning to the role once again, although it is unclear if The Wolverine will contain any direct tie-ins to Days of Future Past.

Comic book writer Mark Millar has recently been hired as a creative consultant on Fox’s Marvel line, with the eventual intention to build a shared cinematic universe – something that Marvel Studios achieved with the phenomenal success of Avengers Assemble.

Millar, who heavily influenced the current direction of superhero movies thanks to his work on The Ultimates for Marvel, will be overseeing the production of this next phase of films, and with the latest casting news, all signs are positive for the future of the X-Men on the big screen.