Comic-Con: Entire ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ cast greets Hall H

July 20, 2013 | 7:08 p.m.
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Actors Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen promote "X-Men: Days of Future Past" during Comic-Con International. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Hugh Jackman at the London premiere of "The Wolverine." (Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images)

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Caleb Landry Jones, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy and Lucas Till in "X-Men: First Class." (20th Century Fox)

Hugh Jackman wasn’t the only “X-Men” star to travel to San Diego to appear at Comic-Con International this weekend — the entire cast of Bryan Singer’s upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past” assembled on the Hall H stage during the Fox panel Saturday afternoon.

Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Evan Peters, Shawn Ashmore and Omar Sy joined Jackman and elder statesmen Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, along with director Singer, writer/producer Simon Kinberg and producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker, to thunderous applause. Sy joins the cast as Bishop, and Peters will play Quicksilver.

A short segment of moody, evocative footage from the film, which is still in production in Vancouver, was screened for the audience, and the returning actors genially chatted about reprising their roles for the newest “X” installment. McKellen and Stewart drew the loudest cheers.

Actors Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen promote "X-Men: Days of Future Past" during Comic-Con International. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Actors Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen promote “X-Men: Days of Future Past” during Comic-Con International. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Singer explained that he enjoyed directing ensemble films, though, in this case, the project was something of a “logistical nightmare.” He also noted that as a child of the 1970s, “Days of Future Past” gave him a chance to revisit the fashion of the era, sometimes a mixed blessing.

“Peter Dinklage looks like my father in this film,” Singer said.

“That handsome?” replied Dinklage, who plays Bolivar Trask in the movie. He added, “I’ve got a sweet Tom Selleck mustache I’m sporting.”

Jackman had his own moment of comedy. Responding to a question about toggling between musical theater and playing the powerful, macho Logan, the actor teased the idea of a singing, dancing Wolverine, belting out, “I’m going to slice ’em, I’m going to dice ’em.”

Still, McKellen might have had the best line of the presentation. After the openly gay actor and activist mentioned that he felt “safe” returning to California now that Proposition 8 had been struck down, he turned to Fassbender and said, “I’m looking for a husband. It’s great to meet you, Michael.”

Jackman was more earnest earlier in the session, during the time devoted to his project “The Wolverine,” which is set to open July 26. Jackman and the film’s director, James Mangold, talked about the opportunities the project presented to study the character of Logan more intensively than in the past, with Mangold mentioning the idea of exploring the root of his “anger and rage” before showing a preview of the movie that was very heavy on action.

Wearing a jaunty hat, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” director Matt Reeves kicked off the panel, bringing a teaser of his 2014 film along with stars Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Andy Serkis. Serkis received a hero’s welcome as he described how in the new Caesar-centric movie, his character, now a husband and a father, has been “given a task to become a leader of a society.”

“He’s trying to inject humanity into the society so it’s a peaceful, egalitarian one,” Serkis said.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATherocomplex


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6 Responses to Comic-Con: Entire ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ cast greets Hall H

  1. Patreq says:

    X-Men days future past is going to be a 'huge' fail. This is going to be another Wolverine movie that just happens to have other X-Men characters in it. In the first 3 installments of X-Men movies the storyline was bias to the male characters, especially Wolverine and failed to showcase the full range of Storms and Rogue's abilities. It was a complete slap in the face to the fans of the X-Men franchise. X-Men Days of Future Past will undoubtedly focus on the male characters since the director himself is man, I don't think he's capable of being objective when it comes to balancing the characters.

  2. greg says:

    That's. Just the thing, she didn't lead the team in the last stand, even though she was leader by right, Logan did. Wolverine. Gave the battle speech, lead the team into battle, gave the charge order, came up with the battle plan to defeat magneto, and killed jean. I would love to have an X-men film that made use of the other characters besides wolverine, he already has 2movies. Additionally, they could take the focus off of Wolverine. And Magneto. And focus on the actually Xmen like kitty, whom the story is supposed. To be revolved around. In honesty the females of the x-men team are all misused and poorly represented in terms of power, screen time,role, and characterization in general. The most notable is Rouge, which is half of the reason for Anna's comment. At comic con about not being able to fly as Rouge. She is practically useless in the movies. Storm was just done wrong and it actually has little to do with Halle's acting and more to do with the way the character was written. In the movie, the horrible lines, the lack of flight and ability usage in combat, and the lack of strong leadership skills. She was simply written that way by Fox and would still be that way no matter who played her. However, Halley could still stand to do better and learn more about her character, but not many of the actors or actresses. Know their characters. Well.

  3. Grant says:

    Hello! Xmen first class was completely about "the other xmen" it had a small cameo of Logan but it was still the other xmen and besides wolverine WAS and ALWAYS WILL BE "the original xman" ****hints the CLAWS!!!!

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