With the hype currently surrounding Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and Sony’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, it’s easy to forget that there’s another high profile comic-book release on the horizon. It is of course Bryan Singer’s X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, which is set to hit theatres this May, and is reportedly the second biggest production 20th Century Fox have invested in after James Cameron’s AVATAR!
By now I’m sure you will be aware that the film reunites the majority of the cast from the original X-MEN trilogy that ran from 2000 – 2006. The film’s bloated cast also includes many key players from 2011’s X-MEN: FIRST CLASS in a time-travel adventure, with the majority of the action taking place in the 1970s . Now as we slowly get closer to that highly anticipated May release, we are starting to get a few more details about X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Last month we learned that Anna Paquin had unfortunately been cut from the sequel, and now relatively unknown actor Evan Jonigkeit has revealed that he plays a younger version of ‘Toad’ in the film.
Toad last appeared back in the original X-MEN film played by Ray Park (STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION). You can see photo’s of both Jonigkeit and Ray Park’s Toad below:
Could Michael Fassbender’s Magneto be recruiting the brotherhood of mutants we see him leading in the franchises 2000 maiden voyage? A team, which of course, featured Mystique, Toad and Sabertooth. You can read the interview with Jonigkeit below:
“It’s a really incredible thing to be a part of, [Days of Future Past] is huge and really exciting. I was so stoked to be working with all of these people. It was a really crazy experience.
I read a lot of the comic books. I found out the storyline of my character, who is Toad. X-Men fans will know that Ray Park played him in the first movie, so it’s a generation story of how he came to be. It’s really cool.
The aesthetics of the character are much different, and I’m not really allowed to say a whole lot more than that,” he said. “It’s darker. I would say it’s a darker tone.”
Jonigkeit also mentioned that his appearance in the film will significantly differ from how the character looked in the original film. Also, Bryan Singer has addressed whether or not he will helm the recently announced follow up X-MEN: APOCALYPSE set for May 2016:
“I’m co-writing the story and I’m producing it. I’m negotiating to direct. We’re in the process. We’re trying to figure it out, schedules. My desire would be to direct it.”
On whether the sequel is set up in the final moments of DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Singer responds:
“I’m still deciding that. Something that happens in this movie causes what’s going to happen in that movie”
Singer also reveals that APOCALYPSE will:
“address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.”
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Paige, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult.
Check back with The Hollywood News for more updates on X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST and X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.