Excitement continues to build for details concerning Bryan Singer‘s return to the X-Men franchise X-Men: Days of Future Past. As the latest casting news confirms fan favorite characters from prior X-Men movies involvement and the addition to the cast of Peter Dinklage and Omar Sy, fans now turn their thoughts to which villain or villains might take part in the storyline.
We know we’re going to get Sentinels and some Brotherhood of Evil Mutants mixing it up with our favorite X-Men, but what about Apocalypse? Bleeding Cool chatted up Singer the other day and has this to say:
Curious as to why he was interested in the Days of Future Past story in particular, I asked Singer what the film was going to be about. He told me:
“The movie is about destiny. What is your fate? What were you supposed to do, what should you have done when you were younger? What didn’t you do that would have made for a better future? And what if you could go back and change that.
I think I’ve got the time travel – I don’t really want to call it time travel, but for want of a better word, time travel figured out. I pitched it to James Cameron and he signed off on it.”
The topic turned to Apocalypse and:
On hearing the name Apocalypse, Singer’s face changed immediately but there was no point being timid. Might as well plough ahead with the question. Would he even consider using Apocalypse in the movies? How about in Days of Future Past?
His nervous answer:
“I can’t tell you…”
That was most interesting. So I leapt forward and asked if realizing the character of Apocalypse would require performance capture.
And now Singer looked even more nervous.
“This is how it gets started, when somebody starts piecing the little bits together…”
The non-verbal communication was even more compelling than what Singer was saying. If I had to bet on it, I would – we’ll be seeing Apocalypse in Days of Future Past, and he’s probably going to be a performance capture character.
These days everyone in Hollywood is walking the tightrope of publicity and trying to keep what they can under wraps in hopes of surprising fans, but if Apocalypse is going to appear it would make sense that Dinklage or Sy might be playing the role. Singer has gone on the record saying that Dinklage won’t be a CGI character, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating what that might look like.
Now Omar could also play the Apocalypse role, but wouldn’t he make a much better Bishop?
That’s what I am betting on. It may be splitting hairs but Motion Capture is not CGI, at least not completely CGI. What do you think? I just can’t see Dinklage playing a role inthe X-Men franchise that isn’t a major character AND A MUTANT.
Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past opens July 18th starring Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, and James McAvoy with Peter Dinklage and Omar Sy.