The next casting announcement for X-Men: Days of Future Past may not have come from the Twitter account of director Bryan Singer, but rather from the lips of star James McAvoy.
“It’s huge, the cast is huge,” the actor said in an interview with the United Kingdom’s Heat Radio. “You got me, [Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender] Nic Hoult will be back and he’s just blossoming massively over [in the United States]. Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Alan Cumming, Peter Dinklage I hear mentioned – I don’t know if that’s happening – ‘Huge’ Jackman’s coming by. He’s massive … just like 7-foot-5 and muscley.”
Peter Dinklage has been confirmed, of course, presumably as the sequel’s villain. However, it’s the mention of Alan Cumming that’s news. The acclaimed actor, who played Nightcrawler in 2003’s X2, said in December that he didn’t know whether he would return for Days of Future Past, telling ComingSoon, “I haven’t gotten the call. Someone told me that Nightcrawler doesn’t appear in the story but I don’t know, I think they would have called by now.”
It appears that Cumming finally did get that call, unless McAvoy confused him with his X2 co-star Shawn Ashmore, whose involvement was announced in January (along with Anna Paquin and Ellen Page). It seems unlikely he’d mix up the two actors, though.
Opening July 18, 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past takes its name from the1981 Marvel comics story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne that depicts 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. How much the movie will borrow from that seminal storyline is unclear.