The Incredible Cast of "X-Men: Days of Future Past"
The "X-Men" franchise has become hugely popular since the release of the first film in 2000, and the 2014 release of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" on May 23 is sure to keep fans rooting for their favorite mutant heroes. The new film joins the present-day X-Men with the younger mutants introduced in "X-Men: First Class," as Wolverine is sent back in time to stop a catastrophe that would spell doom for humans and mutants alike. Bringing this film together is an incredible cast of actors, many of whom have starred in previous "X-Men" films.
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
Hugh Jackman plays Logan, a mutant also known as the Wolverine who says little, has a hot temper and fights with metal claws that grow from his knuckles. With his role in this film, Jackman has officially starred in six "X-Men" films, which breaks the record for the most times one actor has portrayed a single superhero in film. The veteran actor plays his character with force and emotion, and he has worked up a muscular physique for the part. Jackman is also known for roles in films like "The Prestige," "Les Miserables" and "Real Steel."
James McAvoy as Charles Xavier
This talented actor made his appearance in the "X-Men" universe in "X-Men: First Class" as he portrayed a young, mobile Charles Xavier, and he will be reprising his role in this film. McAvoy brings a unique spark to the character with his boyish charm and sense of humor, but the Xavier of the new film is shown to be a great deal more sullen and cynical, an attitude that the actor pulls off equally well. McAvoy first entered the spotlight when he portrayed Mr. Tumnus in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," and he is also known for films like "Penelope" and "Trance."
Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr
In "X-Men: First Class," Fassbender played the young, conflicted Erik, a metal-controlling mutant who would come to hate humanity and take on the name Magneto. Fassbender began his acting career making appearances on shows like "Hearts and Bones" and "NCS Manhunt," and he became more well-known with his roles in films like "Inglorious Basterds," "Jonah Hex" and "A Dangerous Method." His role in the "X-Men" film series has been one of his most popular, and he is set to reprise his role yet again in a future "X-Men" film.
Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique
This talented actress captured the hearts of viewers with her emotional portrayal of Raven, later known as Mystique, in "X-Men: First Class." Mystique is a visually shocking mutant who is scaly and blue with orange hair, but she has the ability to take on the appearance of others. Lawrence is a Hollywood heartthrob who also performed in "The Hunger Games" film series and "Silver Linings Playbook," a remarkable film for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Nicholas Hoult as Beast
The charming Nicholas Hoult plays the intelligent, shy Hank, a mutant who turned into the blue, hairy Beast in "X-Men: First Class." His heartwarming portrayal in the previous film promises that Hoult's Beast will be a favorite character of "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Hoult is a gifted young actor who has recently become a Hollywood favorite thanks to his performances in "Jack the Giant Slayer," "Warm Bodies" and "About a Boy" in addition to the "X-Men" franchise. He briefly dated Jennifer Lawrence after meeting her on the set of "X-Men: First Class," and they ended their relationship on good terms.
Kitty Pryde is a favorite of the "X-Men" film series who hails from the present time, and she is sure to bring some interesting elements to the film with her phasing ability that lets her float through solid objects. The character is played affectionately by Ellen Page, a sassy young actress who amazed audiences with her portrayal of Kitty in "X-Men: The Last Stand." She is also known for her performances in the 2007 comedy "Juno," Christopher Nolan's "Inception" and the dramatic thriller "Hard Candy."
Featuring an applauded cast from previous "X-Men" films, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The film also includes appearances by Halle Berry as Storm, Ian McKellen as the present-day Magneto and Patrick Stewart as the present-day Charles Xavier. It is clear that the cast had a great time making this film, and the actors are undoubtedly excited for "X-Men: Apocalypse," which is set to be released in 2016.