As the roll call for past X-Men continues to expand with confirmation of Halle Berry (CLOUD ATLAS) reprising her role as the weather-controlling mutant Storm, actor James McAvoy (TRANCE) may have inadvertently let slip another nugget of casting news for Bryan Singer’s (JACK THE GIANT SLAYER) X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, the highly-anticipated sequel to 2011’s X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. In an interview with the UK’s Heat Radio, the young Professor X had this to say with regards to the cast:
“… Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Alan Cumming, Peter Dinklage I hear mentioned — I don’t know if that’s happening — ‘Huge’ Jackman is coming by, he’s massive, 7’5″ and muscly.”
So far all of those names have been confirmed as being involved in the project with the exception of one: Alan Cumming (X2: X-MEN UNITED). If McAvoy is on-the-money about Cumming’s casting, then dare we hope to see the blue teleporting daredevil Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler again on the big screen? I, for one, certainly hope so. I felt Cumming’s portrayal of the character in Singer’s X2 was one of the highlights of that film and I was sorely disappointed that his story and involvement with the X-Men did not continue in the third installment X-MEN: THE LAST STAND. To have what many X-Fans consider to be the spiritual center/conscience of the team back in the fold would be an asset to this time-hopping X-MEN epic.
The X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST cast already includes James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart (AMERICAN DAD) as Young and Old Professor Charles Xavier, Michael Fassebender and Ian McKellan (THE HOBBIT) as Young and Old Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK) as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult (JACK THE GIANT SLAYER) as Beast, Hugh Jackman (LES MISERABLES) as Wolverine, Halle Berry as Storm, Anna Paquin (TRUE BLOOD) as Rogue, Shawn Ashmore (MOTHER’S DAY) as Iceman, Ellen Page (INCEPTION) as Kitty Pryde, Omar Sy (THE INTOUCHABLES) in an unspecified role and Peter Dinklage (GAME OF THRONES) as the film’s antagonist. Principal photography is set to start April 15th in Montreal, Canada. Hopefully, Cumming will be donning the blue elf ears and joining in the fun. The film is set for a July 18, 2014 release.
But I definitely know of one character that our esteemed Editor-In-Chief would like to see return in a big way: