More Familiar X-Men Returning for 'Days of Future Past'

X-Men Days of Future Past

Clearly, director Bryan Singer doesn't care about keeping the plot of X-Men: Days of Future Past under wraps -- and given that most of the film's events are probably being lifted out of the well-known comic arc with which it shares its name, that makes a certain amount of sense. Nonetheless, if you're trying to stay spoiler free with the next X-Men sequel, you'll probably want to stop reading now.

For the rest of you, here's the latest Days of Future Past casting scoop, direct from Singer himself: Along with previously acknowledged X-vets Ian McKellan (Magneto), Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier), and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), we'll also be seeing Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman).

Again, this isn't all that surprising to anyone who loves the comics. The Days of Future Past arc, originally published in 1981, hurtled readers into a dystopian alternate universe where mutants are consigned to interment camps -- a nasty future which Kitty Pryde tries to prevent by sending her consciousness into the Kitty of the past.

If it sounds complicated, well, it is -- but no more so than any of the other mutant-fueled escapades that the X-Men have gotten into over the years, and it should provide a measure of bittersweet vindication for anyone who suffered through Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand (something cheekily acknowledged in Singer's tweet announcing the latest casting moves).

Good news all around, then -- and with Days of Future Past scheduled to bow on July 18, 2014, we have plenty of time left for further casting announcements.

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