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James McAvoy Says Alan Cumming/Nightcrawler Back For 'Days Of Future Past'; Mark Millar Not Involved With Film

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by Kevin Jagernauth
March 12, 2013 1:00 PM
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Because "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" doesn't already have a big enough cast with Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore and Hugh Jackman all slated to appear in one way or another, it seems the cast just keeps getting bigger. 

James McAvoy (oh yeah, he's in it too) recently stopped by Heat Radio (via Digital Spy) and when asked about his castmates of the upcoming 'X-Men' sequel he rattled off a bunch of names like a contestant on that game show in "Starter For Ten" (good movie, by the way). "You got me, [Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender,] Nicholas Hoult will be back, and he's just blossoming massively over [in America]," he said. "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."

Whoa, whoa slow down McAvoy...Cumming? Indeed, the actor -- who plays the constantly moving and trouble Nightcrawler -- was rumored last month along with Berry, before she was confirmed. Singer had said he was figuring out whether or not the story would fit him in, but McAvoy's word is anything to go by, apparently he has. And while we seriously wonder about an an ambitious, sci-fi tinged, two timeline mutant story that looks like it's going to be even bigger than "The Avengers" at this point, it's rather curious that Fox's comic book guru/consultant, Mark Millar, won't be giving his two cents. 

"I’ve not spoken to Mark Millar at all. He’s not involved. I don’t know what his role is about. All I know is that I have my own specific beliefs about how to take this universe forward. I started with the first 'X-Men,' then 'First Class' and now I am combining them and I think it could go further than that and I have some ideas about that, so perhaps he should chat to me at some point," Singer told Bleeding Cool.

Interesting stuff, and probably a wise choice, if only because Millar can't keep anything secret for more than five seconds without tweeting it/posting it to his forums/telling a random stranger on the street. Shooting on 'First Class' begins this spring in Montreal. The film hits theaters on July 18, 2014.

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2 Comments

  • Anne | March 12, 2013 3:55 PMReply

    Interesting. I thought that it was well-known that Alan Cumming did not have a good experience while shooting X2, so it makes me wonder what would make him want to sign on for a second go-round. Or maybe enough time has passed that he's able to look back on it with a new perspective...

  • sam | March 12, 2013 1:20 PMReply

    they're also re-shooting First Class but this time it's in Montreal? good to know.

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