Apparently, Bryan Singer isn't done recruiting for his "X-Men" reunion. A week after nabbing Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman for "Days of Future Past," word comes that he's in the process of luring back other cast members from the original trilogy of films.
In a report set to appear in an upcoming issue of Hollywood Weekly, it's revealed that Halle Berry, James Mardsen, and "other original X-Men" are not yet confirmed, though they might be by the time the issue hits stands. It's said that negotiations to strike up new deals with the old stars haven't been "overly complex" and that the production carries a lot of good will due to Singer's presence.
The article also confirms what everyone has expected since the film was announced: that the sequel will "straddle the 1960s setting established" in "First Class" and the "future of the original trilogy, where mutants are a hunted minority."
Interestingly enough, the article also goes on to mention that negotiations with the original cast members might go well because they "will appear mostly in scenes depicting an alternate dystopic future, so pay and time commitments are not substantial." If this is true, then it sounds like the original trilogy might serve as more of a frame, thus allowing the film to act more like a proper sequel to "First Class" itself.
Of course, it's difficult to say just how it'll eventually play out once the film goes into production; the original book story constantly juggled both timelines and had Kitty Pryde bouncing between each. Something tells me it'll be hard for Fox to resist having its past meet its future by having the various characters interact across the timeline since this is clearly an "Avengers" inspired move.
The main cast members from the previous film, including Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Jennifer Lawrence, are already inked in for the sequel, which Fox hopes to have in production by April with an eye towards a July 2014 release.
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