X-Men: Apocalypse to Feature “First Class” Cast
We’ve been covering X-Men: Days of Future Past pretty heavily this past weekend, but with good reason if our review is anything to go by. This film, with its $302 million opening weekend (greater than any of the other X-Men movies’ opening weekends and already $100 million over the film’s budget) has firmly secured the future of the franchise… Except that it’s really secured it’s past.
According to writer/producer Simon Kinberg:
“We approached it as a final goodbye for the original actors… But to be totally candid, that’s the way I approached X-Men: The Last Stand. If you talked to me in 2006 and said, ‘Do you think we’ll ever see Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier again? Do you think we’ll see Ian and Halle and Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore back on screen together?’ I most likely would have said no, and certainly in the case of Patrick Stewart I would have said no way. There’s some part of our brains that hopes we will see them again, but we wanted to tell a story that felt like it was a conclusion to their stories.”
So… The future is fixed… And all of the characters have survived… But the Apocalypse storyline takes place in the past.
Doesn’t that kind of take some of the suspense out of things? We know a few of the major characters who will be surviving…
But does this really mean that we’re never going to see the original cast again? No Scott, no Jean, no Storm? Or any of the younger group, including Iceman, Shadowcat, Colossus, and Rogue?
Well, maybe, maybe not. According to an interview with The Daily Beast, regarding the cast for X-Men: Apocalypse:
“It will focus primarily on the First Class cast, but it will certainly have some of the original cast involved, too.”
So, we’ll get bits of the original cast, but mostly the 60s/70s/80s cast, Quicksilver included.
Hm. Well, it’s probably safe to say that the next film in the series is not going to have another time-traveling storyline, so it’ll be interesting to see how exactly they’re going to go ahead and do all of that.
Rest assured, I’m going to be waiting so be sure to check back with us for updates as they come along!