‘X-Men': Days of Future Past': New trailer for Bryan Singer’s mutant epic

March 24, 2014 | 9:11 a.m.

The new trailer for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is out, showcasing the epic scale of Bryan Singer’s mutant saga that’s set to arrive in theaters May 23.

A familiar sonorous voice-over opens the clip, pondering what events have led the mutants to the futuristic wasteland seen in the accompanying images. “So many dark battles waged over the years and yet, none of them like this. Are we destined to destroy each other? Or can we change who we are and unite? Is the future truly set?”

“Days of Future Past” picks up after Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class,” which chronicled the mutant superheroes’ origins as young people in the 1960s, discovering and learning to manipulate their powers. The new film, adapted from one of the beloved comic book story lines conceived by Chris Claremont, stars actors from “First Class” and the original “X-Men” trilogy, which launched in 2000 with Singer’s original “X-Men” and arguably ushered in the new golden age of comic book films.

Halle Berry as Storm in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." (Fox)

Halle Berry as Storm in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” (Fox)

“Future Past’s” expansive cast includes James McAvoy playing the younger Xavier, with Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen playing Magneto. Also featured are Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde, Halle Berry as Storm and Evan Peters as Quicksilver.

For audiences unfamiliar with the comic story line, the trailer helps explain the movie’s high-concept premise: to prevent a future in which robots called Sentinels wish to drive the mutants into extinction, Wolverine’s consciousness must be projected back in time into the body of his younger self in order to unite friends-turned-adversaries Xavier and Magneto and prevent the events that will trigger the dystopia.

“Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage joins the ensemble as Bolivar Trask, the mastermind who initially creates the Sentinels.

Are you excited to see Bryan Singer return as a director to the franchise with “X-Men: Days of Future Past”? What do you think of the new trailer? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

– Gina McIntyre

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