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Remember back in April when Bryan Singer released that behind the scenes shot of Sir Patrick Stewart? It wasn’t just to tease us X-Men fans before Stewart started filming his scenes for X-Men: Days of Future Past, it was part of a series of character portraits, right in time for Comic Con.

Originally hosted on the official Tumblr page for X-Men, but now seemingly gone, the set revealed DOFP stars Ian McKellen, Daniel Cudmore, Patrick Stewart and newcomer Omar Sy in their alternate timeline attire with Hugh Jackman and his dual timelines also on display. Shortly after that, and thanks to Superhero Hype, X-Men: First Class alumni Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till were also revealed. Take a first look at everyone below.

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So far, the majority of the announced cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past have been returning mutants, but what about new mutants. Well hint, hint, Bryan Singer‘s dropped a little knowledge on us this morning in the form of a Vine video. The 6-second clip from the social networking site reveals several directors chairs with the names of various X-Men characters on them. So we get to see names like “Magneto,” “Storm,” “Kitty Pryde,” “Bobby ‘Iceman’ Drake,” and… Wait, what’s that? “Bishop,” and “James ‘Warpath’ Proudstar?!

To the uninitiated, Warpath is the brother of John Proudstar, a mutant who went by the code name Thunderbird and joined the X-Men after the original team was kidnapped by Krakoa, the living island. Thunderbird was killed on another mission a short time later, but his brother James would go on to join the upstart mutant group X-Force. Bishop, meanwhile, is a refugee from the future where mutants were rounded up into concentration camps by Sentinels. After being liberated, Bishop joined a group of mutant cops only to end up going back in time to the 20th century during the pursuit of a mutant fugitive.

So who’s playing Bishop and Warpath? Well, French actor Omar Sy was already rumored to be playing Bishop in the film, and Booboo Stewart, by virtue of being Native American, is probably a safe bet for Warpath.

Days of Future Past is currently in production for a July 18, 2014 release. The film co-stars Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Peter Dinklage.

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18, 2014.

Source: Coming Soon

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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.

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Now Omar could also play the Apocalypse role, but wouldn’t he make a much better Bishop?

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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.

Via: Bleedingcool

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So Jack the Giant Slayer didn’t exactly wow them at the box office over the weekend, probably because people are generally more excited about about Bryan Singer‘s next film, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Oddly, Monday has brought a proverbial avalanche of new X-Men news.

First up is a comment from none other than Chris Claremont. Claremont had a legendary 20-year-run as the writer of Uncanny X-Men, including the “Days of Future Past” storyline in Uncanny #141, so who better to hear from on the subject of the upcoming film version of it. Or at least that’s what Newsarama (via Comic Book Movie) seemed to think.

Here’s what Claremont had to say:

“The challenge, I would think, for Bryan is that the heart of the original story is not the fight with the Brotherhood back in the present day. The challenge, the story, is actually what happens in the future. Getting them to the point where you can send Kitty back, and seeing the consequences of what will happen if they fail, and not knowing at the end how it’s going to turn out. You think it’s going to be a happy ending, but you’re not sure, because pretty much everybody dies — in the comic, anyway. You can’t not be invested. That’s pretty much most of my working life, dancing around or through the X-Men as a concept.

“You could look at it as time travel, or you could look at it as pan-dimension. It’s all a matter of how you want to define it, and I’m sure they’ve got some brainiacs out on the left coast earning a small research stipend figuring out a plausible way of making it fly. That’s the fun and games of Hollywood. How the hell they’re going to fit it into 120 minutes, I have no sodding idea. I’d be looking on this as your basic 1974 film with an intermission.

“In movies it’s a one-shot item too often. If we’re doing Days of Future Past, we need Ororo, we need Logan. OK, we’ve got Hugh Jackman, but that means we’ve got to get Halle Berry. I’m sure some accountant at Fox is going, ‘Huh? ‘We’re talking how much?’ On the other hand, you never know when a major talent is willing to do a Scarlett Johansson, and come in perhaps at scale, just for the fun of it. The really nice thing with Future Past is that you actually have a superhero film — much to everyone’s surprise, I will hope — that is about something. It’s about racism, I hope. It’s about resisting oppression. It’s about fighting for freedom and the cost of fighting for freedom. I will be fascinated to see how they weave the two together.”

Meanwhile, the Days casting train continues to chug along with a pair of announcements today. On the one hand we have news of another returnee from X-Men films past in the form of Oscar-winner Halle Berry, who will reprise the role of Storm in the new film. Singer made the announcement via his preferred media partner, Twitter (brought to you by /Film).

Couldn’t be more excited that has joined the cast of . Hopefully she can improve the weather in Montreal.

Berry will join fellow castmates from the first three X-Men films Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Aaron Ashmore and Anna Paquin, as well as returning cast members from X-Men: First Class James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence.

In more Twitter news by Singer (again via /Film) the director introduced the world to the second actor to be cast in the film who’s had no previous X-Men experience.

Thrilled to welcome the brilliant from the amazing film to the cast of !

No word on who Omar Sy will play in the film, just as we don’t know who Peter Dinklage will play, probably because they haven’t been in any other X-Men movies before. Days of Future Past should go before the cameras later this summer, for a July 2014 release.

More news as it develops.