James McAvoy Calls X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST “Potentially the Biggest, Most Epic X-MEN Ever”

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Production on the massive X-Men: Days of Future Past has finally come to a close, and director Bryan Singer will spend the next many months in a dark editing room putting the film together.  In his return to the X-Men series, Singer assembled an enormous cast of characters, and hopes are extremely high for the time travel-infused follow-up that blends the casts of X-Men: First Class and the original X-Men films.  James McAvoy recently spoke a bit about his experience making the film, going on to say that it’s potentially “the biggest, most epic X-Men” to be brought to the screen and revealing whether his character has a scene with Patrick Stewart‘s older Professor X.  Hit the jump for more.

x-men-days-of-future-past-poster-professor-xSpeaking with IGN, McAvoy talked about just how enormous an undertaking the X-Men follow-up was:

“There’s an army of brilliant actors in that film. Bryan Singer is back at the helm. Potentially it’s going to be the biggest, most epic X-Men they’ve ever had. I think it’s the second biggest production Fox have ever embarked upon, behind Avatar. So they’re definitely going for it.”

McAvoy also talked about his fellow castmembers, noting that he only got to work with Patrick Stewart for one day:

“[Stewart’s] last day was my first day and that was it. Then we were done. But we did crossover and we do get a scene together… Getting to work with Michael [Fassbender] again was great. I spent a hell of a lot of time with Nick [Nicholas Hoult]. Weirdly the people that I spent the most time with acting-wise was not Michael this time, it was Hugh [Jackman] and Nick. And whilst I bemoaned the loss of my buddy Michael, it was more than made up for by the fact that Hugh and Nick are such amazing people.”

The story involves Jackman’s Wolverine being sent to the past to prevent a post-apocalyptic future, but it’s interesting that Hoult’s Beast also appears to play a major role in the film.  One imagines Fassbender’s Magneto was kept company by Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in theaters on May 23, 2014.

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  • Devin Reed

    Second biggest production behind Avatar? Sounds like it’s doomed to be a financial flop for the studio, if that’s the case.

    • DjangoBro

      You’re such a hater… You will eat your words when the movie is released. I’ve seen the trailer and it looks better than First Class (and that movie is already great).

      • Devin Reed

        Um…..ok? I never said anything about it being a bad movie (I’m absolutely excited for it and have faith it’ll be great). Simply that it would be a mistake for it to have an Avatar-sized budget.

      • Grayden

        The article never mentioned a budget. I think it was referring to the size of the production overall. The huge cast, the scope and scale of the film, that kinda stuff.

      • DjangoBro

        I was just about to say that too, thank you. It makes sense why the production would be bigger.

      • powbamboom

        How have you seen the trailer? Dreams don’t count.

      • Nerdgasm

        Sandiego Comicon smartone. Seen it as well.

      • DjangoBro

        You’re an idiot, shut up.

  • Great Dog

    I’m curious why Hank McCoy doesn’t appear in this scene in Beast blue as he had fully mutated by the end of First Class.

    • FoonZeeS

      I was just thinking that exact same thing.

    • TheBigMachine

      I was wondering why Lieutenant Dan is in the movie?

    • Strong Enough

      he probably made a watch to make him APPEAR normal. he is a genius

  • alk

    great…exactly the opposite of why Xmen First Class was RECEIVED SO WELL…Which was about the story, the characters and the premise. It wasn’t about the SFX, the gadgetry and over the top budget CGI spending. It had just the right amount to sell the story. Now Bryan Singer comes in on Golden Chariots, everyone heralding him as the savior of Xmen again-and now he’s gone stuffing ALL THE DAMN NUGGETS AND EGGS IN ONE BASKET AGAIN. He seems to think Big Budgets and His name= success, but he only has to look at Superman Returns and Jack the Giant Slayer to prove his formula is severely flawed. I’ll be honest, I was thrilled hearing Bryan Singer would return to Xmen, since he did such a great job with the first two but this just sounds doomed. Ugh.

    • Nerdgasm

      You realize theres a huge cast right? and most of the actors are contracted to make shit tons of money right? the brunt of the budget has gone to paychecks not CGI.

  • Strong Enough

    all i know is bryan singer sucks BUT this might be good.

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