Following the first reveal of Patrick Stewart on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer has unveiled a peek at Shawn Ashmore, who reprises his role as Bobby Drake/Iceman. The picture was posted — surprise, surprise — to Singer’s Twitter account, which seems to be the hot spot for all things Days of Future Past.
“Tracking @ShawnRAshmore,” Singer wrote in a message accompanying the photo, which shows the actor with orange tracking triangles on his face. Ashmore has also been public about his excitement for the film, writing on Monday, “Sorry I haven’t been able to tweet with you east coast but I’ve just wrapped day one of XMEN #DOFP! Just wait until you see what’s in store.”
X-Men: Days of Future Past takes its name from the 1981 Marvel comics story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne depicting a timeline created by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants from assassinating a U.S. senator. In that alternate future, the giant robotic Sentinels have become the de facto rulers of the United States, where mutants are hunted down and placed in internment camps. McKellen will appear in the film along with Michael Fassbender who played Magneto in the 60s-set X-Men: First Class which lends much of its cast to this film which Singer intends to use as a way to tie together all previous X-movies including the two he directed.
The film, which opens July 18, 2014, also stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Peter Dinklage, among others.