Bryan Singer's upcoming sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past -- the sequel to Matthew Vaughn's 2011 hit, X-Men: First Class -- looks to be set ten years ahead of its predecessor. A casting call released by Comic Book Movie on Jan. 30 indicates that the latest movie in Fox's massive X-Men franchise will be set in 1973, drawing on clothing, cars and culture from that time, and setting up a backdrop in the counterculture movement of the era.
Bringing back many of the actors from his first set of films (Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, etc.), Singer plans on using the time travel elements to reconcile the differences between his films and Vaughn's, which could go either way, really. Different timelines and alternate futures have been done well in the past, but most time-jumping films make the mistake of not following their own rules, leaving fans lost or confused in the wake of gaping plotholes. Let's hope that Singer can get around that, seeing as how the downfall of most movies involving time travel is the inability to find a believable chain of events. He recently said that he had found a way to make it all work, so only time will tell on this one.
Based on a the 1981 "Days of Future Past" story by Chris Claremont, the film will follow the X-Men through time, and into a future where Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants won the battle. Professor Xavier is dead, as are most of the X-Men, and the mutant-hunting Sentinels have taken control of most of the world. "Days of Future Past" is pretty close to X-fan hearts, so hopefully Singer can get it right!