Will X-Men: Days Of Future Past Bring Back The Hellfire Club?
At the end of Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class we watch what looks like the birth of Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants. The final scene of the film sees the brilliant, evil mastermind, played by Michael Fassbender, break into a CIA holding cell along with Riptide (Álex González), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Angel (Zoe Kravitz), Azazel (Jason Flemyng), and break-out Emma Frost (January Jones). But as the Brotherhood grows in the X-Men movie universe, it appears that it's making the previously established Hellfire Club disappear.
The Coventry Telegraph has learned from studio sources that X-Men: Days of Future Past, the upcoming Bryan Singer-directed sequel to First Class, will not feature the 1960s underground mutant club led by Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon). While the reasons for this should be pretty clear to those who saw the last movie and watched the group's leader die after getting a coin through the head, its implications remain unknown. As of now the only confirmed cast members from First Class, good or evil, include Fassbender, Lawrence, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult, but what does that mean for the Hellfire members?
If the characters don't end up returning, it won't be a surprise to the actors involved. Last week Flemyng told the Irish Independent, "I don't think I will be back. Initially I was gutted, but then, I remembered I had to get up at two in the morning, I had to be painted red and be slightly out of focus and posed a lot, and that was sort of it. Now I don't have to do that." Similarly back in January, Jones was also quoted saying that she wouldn't likely be back and that nobody had reached out to her about the sequel. We still don't know what's going on with Gonzalez or Kravitz - or Caleb Landry Jones or Lucas Till for that matter - but anything could change between now and the start of production. For now, though, it seems as though only a few mutants will be coming back for part two.
This news comes right on the heels of a new casting report last week from Singer himself, who revealed that Daniel Cudmore will be back to play Colossus in X-Men: Future Past and that new additions BooBoo Stewart and Fan Bing Bing have also signed on for mystery roles. He revealed the new actors' involvement by posting headshots of his entire cast, seemingly specifically leaving six spots blank:
If those empty spots are indeed being saved for actors who haven't signed on yet, who would you like to see get their image up on the wall? Would you rather see a returning face, similar to Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Halle Berry and Anna Paquin, who have all signed on for the sequel? Or would you rather see them bringing in new stars, like they have with Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Stewart and Bing Bing? Let us know in the comments below!
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