Bryan Singer has officially released a picture on his Twitter of Patrick Stewart donning his Professor Xavier outfit and posing for a photographer with the caption: “Picture before picture. Tomorrow it begins.” X-Men: Days of Future Past looks to be one of the biggest films of 2014, and Singer has already confirmed that it will be the biggest film he has ever made. Stewart, pictured on Twitter, is part of an exceptional cast that includes Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman. Singer has apparently found a way to create a time travel universe for the film that will allow for characters from both the first two X-Men films and X-Men: First Class, hence the mixed cast. You can read more about the time travel process here.
Hit the jump to check out Singer’s image of Stewart as Xavier. X-Men: Days of Future Past is slated for release in 3D on July 18, 2014.
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As we previously reported, Singer is taking the comic very seriously for this film, as well as every single X-Men film in the series, of which Days of Future Past will be the 7th. Comparing the X-Men series and its respective universe to a franchise like Terminator, Singer confirms that he is trying to work with what has already been made. The main time period of this film will be the 1970s, featuring Richard Nixon as a prominent character. This confirms that the movie will chronologically follow First Class while also maintaining an intricate time travel element that unites the earlier films.
It sounds like this film will bring the entire franchise full circle, uniting all of the cast members by time travel. My initial reaction to the large mixed cast and the time travel idea was skepticism. However, after hearing about how tirelessly Singer has worked both to make the universe work and to take into account the entire series thus far, I think that this plot and cast will be a fantastic move. Additionally, it will take the strong characters from the first films in the series, who lost some steam on X-Men: The Last Stand, and rejuvenate them by uniting them with the fresh success of characters from First Class.