Director Bryan Singer surprised us all last week when he announced that the next “X-Men” movie, titled X-Men: Apocalypse, would be hitting theaters in 2016. Since then, there’s been a flurry of rumors about how the film connects to the upcoming “Days of Future Past,” what characters will be appearing, and who will be Apocalypse. Those all remain conjecture, except for the “Apocalypse is not an alien” debunking that Singer tweeted earlier this week. The lack of information about the sequel isn’t just limited to the fan community either, as actor James McAvoy says he found out about the project along with everyone else.
“I only heard about it this morning!” McAvoy said in an interview with Red Carpet News TV (via CBM), and though he didn’t confirm a return for “Apocalypse,” he did mention he is contracted for a third appearance as Charles Xavier.
McAvoy also spoke about the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, calling it “The biggest X-Men film yet, without a doubt.”
“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.”
Hitting theaters on May 23, 2014, the anticipated film stars Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halley Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman and Lucas Till.
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The first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past is out! Here’s the video:
James McAvoy, Dominic West, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Michael Grandage and More AmongThe longlist is announced today for the 59th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards. The Awards, hosted by London Evening Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev, will be compered by Damian Lewis, the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning star of TV’s Homeland, at a gala black-tie evening at the Savoy Hotel on Sunday November 17.
It has been a remarkable year for London theatre, with an array of big names and rising stars in the running. Among the 14 contenders for the Best Actor Award are Lenny Henry, for his part in August Wilson’s Fences at the Duchess Theatre and James McAvoy for his Macbeth at the Trafalgar Studios. Hustle star Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear, Othello and Iago in the National Theatre’s hit production of Othello, line up against each other, just two of the four actors at the National featured in this category. Two performances at the Royal Court are also in contention: Tom Sturridge, fiancé of Sienna Miller and the recent face of Burberry, for No Quarter and Dominic West for The River by Jez Butterworth.
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James McAvoy is about to start work on a new film loosely based on the legend of Frankenstein. Written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, TV’s Sherlock), the film stars McAvoy as Victor Von Frankenstein, and revolves around his friendship with Igor, who is played by Daniel Radcliffe.
And while recently interviewing McAvoy about the really rather brilliant Filth, we also quizzed him about this forthcoming flick.
“We’re shooting in January” he revealed. “We had our first day of rehearsal last week with Jessica Brown Findlay and with Daniel and Paul our director and that was really good, really heartening. Everybody seems alright, so we’ll just see what happens.”
As for how it will compare with previous versions of the story, McAvoy explained: “I don’t think I’ve ever watched a Frankenstein movie. I’ve read the book, but this isn’t based on Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein that much. It’s taken from it, obviously, as inspiration, but it goes on its own path really.
“It’s more of an adventure and the relationship between these two guys – this brotherly relationship that we explore. It’s a really dark adventure – it’s not really an action movie but it’s got a lot of action in it. But it’s really about this relationship that forms the backbone of this adventure that they go on.”
The first still for X-Men Days of Future Past is up!
The Fantasia International Film Festival held their special event “An Evening with Bryan Singer” last night where the director showed the Comic-Con footage from and spoke about the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. In his discussion (via JoBlo), he revealed some new details about the film and confirmed others.
Singer first revealed that the Scarlet Witch will not be present in the film, seemingly making Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters, an only child. He also confirmed earlier reports that Josh Helman is playing a younger William Stryker.
The most interesting thing about Singer’s discussion was in his pseudo-reveal regarding Charles Xavier’s return. Having said he was disappointed he couldn’t bring Cyclops back for the film, he revealed that he could justify the return of Xavier because “he transferred his consciousness and could possibly construct a body around that consciousness.” Xavier’s return was teased at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand and now makes a little bit more sense after Singer laid out those details.
Coming to theaters on May 23, 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past stars Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman and Lucas Till.
Here’s the first still for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. The movie also stars Jessica Chastain and it’ll be premiering on this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Thanks Jessica Chastain Network for the still!