Is 'Days Of Future Past' Going To Be The 'This Is The End' Of Superhero Movies? Cast Keeps Growing

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by Kevin Jagernauth
June 25, 2013 4:35 PM
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"We're gonna outdo the Avengers!" Maybe no one actually said that over at Fox, but we can't help but imagine somebody is thinking it. "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" is currently filming, and even though it just had it's release date moved up two months, casting on the movie continues and we're not just talking small, minor roles. Nope, we're talking about significant parts in a production that still has a way to go before wrapping.

The latest to come on aboard is Josh Helman, a rising Australian actor who has been seen thus far in "Animal Kingdom" and "Jack Reacher," and has "Mad Max: Fury Road" on the horizon. But as The Wrap reveals, his role in 'X-Men' -- while being kept secret -- "may prove significant given that the actor is expected on set for several weeks." Really? Another main character being tossed into the mix this late in the game? Doesn't this movie have enough characters already?

Let's not forgot that already slated to appear in some capacity: Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, James Marsden and god knows who else. So, just how is the movie going to fit all of these folks in without making it seem like the worst case of cinematic fan-service ever created?

Is 'Days Of Future Past' basically going to be the "This Is The End" of superhero flicks? Are we gonna see most of those names above for five seconds (like we did Rihanna, Jason Segel, Aziz Ansari, Michael Cera etc), before the story narrows the focus back to McAvoy, Fassbender and Lawrence? Or is this the "Nashville" of nerd flicks, with a never ending sea of chatter and explosions and scenes of ensembles of people doing things? Either way, at least from this far out, 'Days Of Future Past' seems bloated beyond belief, but maybe Bryan Singer will find a way to make it work. Then again, Fox's notorious habit of rushing productions means he doesn't have a lot of room for error....

"X-Men: Days Of Future Past" will hit on May 23, 2014.

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9 Comments

  • Simon | June 27, 2013 10:40 PMReply

    Obviously the writer to the article hasn't does his homework. One James Marsden is not on the cast as cyclops. Two it's xmen and the story is basically holocaust for mutants camps killings test etc. The cast needs to be pretty much massive to do the comics justice.

  • patricio | June 27, 2013 1:27 PMReply

    I believe Bryan Singer can handle this movie. The first two x-men films are great, and the prequel x-men: first class. Especially, Matthew Vaughn w/ him also as a producer of First Class and also Days of Future Past. I have no worries. But I want to know who the hell Josh Helman's character. I think he'll play Forge. He's joining the 70's team or maybe Forge will be the one who created the time machine in the future.

  • Glint | June 26, 2013 2:08 PMReply

    All of the previous X-men films have had upwards of a dozen characters, it's kinda of the property's thing.

  • gavin | June 26, 2013 1:24 PMReply

    GOSH throw a younger nightcrawler in there for shits and gigs. this movies gonna blow

  • Africanpeople | June 26, 2013 6:07 AMReply

    we would like to see Phoenix is back on X-men Days of Future Past with Emma Frost and Cyclops. Storm, Havok and Gambit should appear there. the villains who should be there are Apocalypse, Mister Sinister and Hoocaust. Sentinels are attacking mutants and killing many humans.

  • loudrockmusic | June 26, 2013 5:46 AMReply

    70s Wolverine = Hotness

  • Ugh | June 25, 2013 8:08 PMReply

    It won't be good. It's Bryan Singer.

  • anonymouse | June 25, 2013 5:48 PMReply

    "scenes of ensembles of people doing things."

    wow. very descriptive.

  • Rob | June 25, 2013 4:40 PMReply

    Yeah... Nashville really sucked.

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