Ian McKellen Ready For Close-Up in Heavy-Metal <i>X-Men</i> Video

Bryan Singer knows how to use a camera. The director of such visually dynamic movies as The Usual Suspects and X-Men showed off some new skills by way of a Vine video he tweeted: phone-shot teasers. The X-Men: Days of Future Past helmer shot the following, which features lots of zooming in on metal, mouth-made sound effects and even a brief appearance from Magneto himself, Ian McKellen.

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, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage and more.

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