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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' featurette with Bryan Singer talking about the cast

According to Comic Book Resources on April 9, director Bryan Singer of "X-Men: Days of Future Past", discusses his ability to work with both casts from this comic book movie. New behind-the-scenes footage shows quite a few highlights from this featurette and the challenges that Singer enjoys being a part of. Also, the "X-Men: director contends he really enjoyed being able to work with a set of actors from the original "X-Men: First Class" film as well as those thespians he's quite familiar with.

Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) finds himself in the distant past as he becomes a catalyst in an epic battle that can save the future.
Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios, used with permission”

The synopsis of the film entails Logan, also known as Wolverine, volunteers to partake in the saving of the mutant race against Bolivar Trask's Sentinels. Fans may have recalled at the end of "The Wolverine" film where he's approached during his arrival at the airport by Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier. This foreshadowed what was to come in "X-Men: Days of Future Past".

As seen in the trailer, Kitty Pryde, as played by Ellen Page, has the ability to send Logan back to his younger body to talk sense into the young Xavier and influence the outcome and survival of mutant-kind. With the appearance of President Nixon in the trailer, the time period seems to occur after the Cuban Missile Crisis as witnessed in the "X-Men: First Class" film.

Of course, in the original story line of the "X-Men" comic book, it was Kitty Pryde that went back in time, but according to writer Simon Kinberg, he thought it stood to good reason that Wolverine be chosen due to the act he's the protagonist of the entire franchise. He is also a character that is quite well-known and beloved. Also, the method of time travel used in this flick entails being sent back to a younger, former self. This would mean sending Pryde back a negative 20 years. This simply would not work.

Singer describes the younger casts' reaction to having walked into the underbelly of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.

"For the younger cast, it wasn't until they walked onto the blue hallway, standing next to Hugh Jackman in full Wolverine makeup, James McAvoy said to me, 'Wow, now I really feel like I'm in an X-Men movie.'"

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" opens in theaters May 23.

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