Three more actors were revealed on Friday by "X-Men: Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer via his favorite news site: Twitter. Singer tweeted a picture showing a number of cast members, including the new ones.
Among the new thespians were Daniel Cudmore, who played Colossus in "X2" and "X-Men: The Last Stand." It makes a lot of sense. Colossus plays a vital role in the "future portion" of the classic X-Men comic book storyline.
Also unveiled was Booboo Stewart, best known for his role in "The Twilight Saga." He played Seth Clearwater.
Finally, the third person revealed was Fan Bingbing, a Chinese actress best known for films like "Battle of the Warriors" and "Double Xposure." She play the teleporting mutant Clarice Ferguson, or Blink. She is also expected to appear in "Iron Man 3," but that appearance still shows as TBD in terms of the character, in Wikipedia.
Those who recall the classic "Days of Future Past" comic book storyline will remember that it spanned "The Uncanny X-Men" issues 141 and 142, published in 1981. Written by Chris Claremont, it was drawn by John Byrne and inked by Terry Austin.
In the story, we see an alternate future which has been triggered by the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly by The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. An older Kitty Pryde transfers her mind into a younger, present-day Kitty Pryde in hopes of preventing the event, which led to members of mutantkind being either killed or imprisoned in internment camps.
In the comics, that included those who were not X-Men, but were mutants, such as Franklin Richards, the son of Reed and Sue Richards of the Fantastic Four.
Only a few X-Men remain alive as the story opens: Kitty Pride, Wolverine, Storm (there's a hint that Halle Berry should appear), and Colossus. In the alternate future, all are killed, even Wolverine, despite his adamantium skeleton and rapid healing factor. He is vaporized by a Sentinel, too fast even for his healing process, with only the metal skeleton left behind.
However, Kitty Pryde's mission succeeds, and that dystopian future is gone, never to occur.
Rachel Summers, who took the name Phoenix, also traveled back in time as part of the story. Despite being from an alternate future, she stayed, and became a member of the X-Men.
The sequel to "X-Men: First Class" is scheduled for a release on July 18, 2014. The film combines original X-Men characters with "First Class" characters.
Among those already confirmed are Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), James McAvoy (young Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (young Erik Lehnsherr), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Shadowcat), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), Omar Sy, and Peter Dinklage.