Will X-Men: Days Of Future Past Have A Bigger Role For Ellen Page's Kitty Pryde?
For those unfamiliar with the classic X-Men story Days of Future Past, which is set to be basis for the upcoming sequel to X-Men: First Class, the story begins in a ravaged future where mutants struggle for survival in the shadow of giant robots called Sentinels that were designed solely to hunt and take them down. In order to try and prevent the horrific future from ever coming to pass, the mutants send one of their own back in time to stop the assassination that lit the powder keg many years ago.
When it comes to the movie adaptation of the classic comic book arc, however, we are largely in the dark. It's been confirmed that Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult will all be reprising their roles from First Class and director Bryan Singer has announced that original trilogy actors Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore and Ellen Page will be back for the future segments of the story, but one key piece of info that continues evade us is the identity of the selected time traveler. In the comics it was the intangible Kitty Pryde who was sent back to help change the world - which could put extra significance on Page's casting - but nothing has been made official. But that's not stopping Mark Millar from hinting at possibilities.
The comic book writer, who was hired last year by 20th Century Fox to serve as a consultant on all of their upcoming Marvel Movies, recently spoke to SFX Magazine, and while he couldn't really reveal anything about the anticipated blockbuster, he did offer up an interesting bit of vagueness. Asked if Kitty Pryde would have a "decent big screen role" in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Millar played coy at first, but then said, "As soon as I say something it will turn into a big internet story. Let me put it this way though: Kitty Pryde fans will not be disappointed."
We've heard previously that all of the actors from Singer's original trilogy would only have a small role in the new movie, with the larger focus being put on the First Class crew, so it's hard not to read a little bit into Millar's statement. Does "not be disappointed" mean that Ellen Page will have a larger role in the new movie then her X-Men: The Last Stand co-stars? With production scheduled to start in the next couple months we hope that we will soon see an official plot synopsis of the movie and we can finally have some of our questions answered. But until then we wait.
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