Director Bryan Singer is currently doing the press rounds for his epic fantasy adventure Jack the Giant Slayer which opens next month, but he’s doing a bit of multi-tasking as he’s also plenty busy prepping to helm X-Men: Days of Future Past which begins filming soon. We already know that Singer is bringing back a number of familiar faces from past X-Men films for the First Class sequel, as the story involves time travel and alternate futures. The filmmaker recently talked a bit more about the project, revealing that he’s considering including an all-CG character in the film and teasing a possible appearance by Halle Berry’s Storm. Hit the jump for more.
Speaking with MTV News, talk turned to the CG giants in Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer. The director discussed the technology that made the creatures possible, and revealed that he’s likely using it in Days of Future Past:
“A CG Nick Hoult or a CG Ewan McGregor, maybe 20 years from now might be perfect, but it’s a little tough on the eyes when it’s not real. I definitely want to use this technology again, and I might even be using some of it in a different way in X-Men. I don’t want to say how, yet, but I’m definitely using some of this technology on X-Men, which I never used in any of the other X-Men films.”
Singer went on to flat-out confirm that he’s considering using a fully CG character in DOFP, but declined to go into further details. There’s a strong likelihood that we’ll finally see the mechanized Sentinels in the sequel, but I assume Singer is talking about something anthropomorphized when discussing an all-CG character. Though CG technology has grown leaps and bounds over the past few years (the apes in Rise of the Planet of the Apes are tremendous), I haven’t exactly been blown away by the work in Jack the Giant Slayer. Hopefully the CG work in Days of Future Past will be more impressive.
When discussing the large cast assembled for X-Men, Singer stated that each character “has a very important function in the story,” driving home the point that he’s not just gathering a bunch of actors together for cool cameos. Though we already know that Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Anna Paquin are set to reprise their X-Men characters, one curious omission thus far has been Halle Berry. The filmmaker revealed that he hasn’t ruled a Storm appearance out just yet, but he’s currently still deciding whether the character fits within the storyline:
“I can’t say [whether Storm will be in the film]. I don’t know yet. And it’s not necessarily a deal making aspect at all. I want to make sure it’ll make sense. But I love working with her.”
I’d say it’s pretty safe to assume we’ll see Storm in at least some capacity in the sequel. We should hear more details regarding the film soon as we move closer towards the production start-date. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens July 18, 2014.