“When I heard it was Days of Future Past I knew it was time travel, but the only time I ever really thought, ‘Oh, maybe I’m actually going to be a part of this’ is when Bryan came back to direct. And that’s just because we have a relationship and had worked together before. I just thought, ‘Oh, maybe Bryan would want to bring back some of the people he worked with before.’ Before that I had no idea, and I didn't theorize too much because that’s when you get your hopes up. Because for a long time people were talking about the First Class movie like it was just going to be the young X-Men from the trilogy, and sort of just focus on the young members. And obviously that was not the case at all. So I never take anything too seriously when the talk is happening, because until the studio calls you officially, you have no idea.”
Ashmore has an idea about the story and the script he’s been rehearsing, but has been keeping it on the down low. He does feel it to be an interesting story and is attracted to the idea of the temporal paradoxes that create a connection between the two timelines.
Kevin Bacon, who played a Nazi scientist and leader of the Hellfire Club in “X-Men: First Class”, gave a “tweet” of congratulations to Ashmore. Bacon wished he could’ve returned, however, his character’s encounter with a coin did him in. Bacon is even his own fan sometimes. They both work on the new FOX Show "The Following" and discussed their roles in the "X-Men" films considering both projects were filmed in or around Atlanta.
Ashmore mentioned that he was pretty much aware of his role in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” when he was receiving phone calls from film contacts in the industry about his availability for the movie prior to Bacon’s tweet.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is scheduled to open on July 18, 2014.