"X-Men: First Class" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer continues to tweet teasers for the upcoming X-Men movie. His latest announcement, made on Saturday afternoon (PST), was that French actor Omar Sy ("The Intouchables") has officially joined "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
However, just as Singer did when he announced that Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones") had been signed to the film, he left out one important detail. The director neglected to mention which character the actor would be playing. Naturally, we think this was intentional, not accidental.
Speculation is already rampant. Many believe that Sy would be perfect for the role of the mutant Bishop, who in the comic books came from the future. That trip to the past, though, was unrelated to the time travel involved in the classic X-Men story slated for the upcoming "First Class" sequel. Bishop didn't appear in "Uncanny X-Men" for about 10 years after "Days of Future Past."
In the comic books, Bishop's mutant ability enables him to absorb all forms of radiant or conductive energy that are directed at him and to release that energy from his body. The power is passive, allowing Bishop to absorb energy at all times. He can release the energy in many different ways, though he often does so as concussive blasts of biokinetic energy.
Sy joins an all-star cast for the film, which combines original X-Men character 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) and Peter Dinklage.
The Bryan Singer-directed film will hit theaters on July 18, 2014.