No sooner did James McAvoy start the rumor of Nightcrawler’s inclusion in X-Men: Days of Future Past than Alan Cumming threw cold water on it.
“No, they haven’t [asked me to return],” Cumming, who played the blue-furred Kurt Wagner in 2003’s X2, tells Sirius XM. “Someone asked me that the other day and I said no. I know the one that’s coming up shoots this spring, but I wouldn’t be available anyways. I don’t think they have. I was gonna meet my manager for dinner later, I was gonna ask him, but no, I’m sure they would’ve told me, had they approached.”
McAvoy mentioned Cumming’s name among the growing ensemble cast of the Fox sequel during a recent interview with the United Kingdom’s Heat Radio, leading many to believe he would reprise his role alongside fellow original-trilogy stars Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore.
Directed by Bryan Singer, 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.
The film, which opens July 18, 2014, also stars Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence and Peter Dinklage.