Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, and Shawn Ashmore will reprise roles in X-Men Sequel

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Director Bryan Singer looks to be returning to the X-Men franchise with a bang, making one incredibly ambitious film with the X-Men: First Class sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. Singer, Director of X-Men, X-Men 2, and now X-Men Days of Future Past,  revealed on Twitter today that Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) will also be joining the cast of Days of Future Past.

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So in addition to First Class stars Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Jennifer Lawrence, we previously learned that X-Men actors Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, and Hugh Jackman will be reprising their roles in the upcoming follow-up.  The story involves time travel and alternate realities, so the mixing of the younger actors and older actors fits well within the film’s complex plot in one of the most famous comic book stories out there.

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The overall plot of the story essentially centers on the characters in the past being warned about and—trying to avoid—a very unappealing dystopian future.  In the comics arc, Kitty Pryde plays a major role as she communicates with the characters in the past to warn them of a major assassination that’s going to take place in her present.  In addition to the aforementioned actors/characters, the story also involves the character of Colossus, so we could possibly see Daniel Cudmore return or the role recast.

I am excited to see this movie, and I hope it delivers.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on July 18, 2014.

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