X-Men Young And Old Return To Big Screen
U.S. Release Date: 5/16/14
The project required the filmmaker, the helmer of the first two X- adventures, to combine the characters from those early movies with their younger selves, seen in 2011’s X-men: First Class, to fight a massive war which unfolds over two time lines.
The end result stars Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Halle Berry, veterans of the original trilogy, and First Class‘ Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult
When the film, scripted by Simon Kinberg, begins, the setting is a savage post apocalyptic world dominated by Sentinels – killer robots whose sole purpose is to elimimate all X-Men, citizens gifted with extremely special super powers.
In attempt to undo this future, Professor X (Stewart) and Magneto (McKellan), Storm (Halle Berry) and Kitty Pride, a quantum physicist (Ellen Page) transfer the consciousness of Wolverine (Jackman) back through time into his younger body, which is alive and well in 1973.
For Wolverine, a young X (James McAvoy), and Magneto (Michael Fassbinder), the name of the game is to prevent Jennifer Lawrence’s Raven Darkholme / Mystique from assassinating Dr. Trask (Peter Dinklage), the scientist responsible for creating the Sentinels. His death will wildly increase support for them, and ultimately will lead to the hellacious futuristic landscape.
Until this future is obliterated, thousands of Sentinels remain on the warpath against X-people, also known as mutants.
With its Sentinels, time travel and huge ensemble of characters, the project, according to Kinberg, presented its share of logistical challenges.
“One of the challenges of the project was not only keeping the logic intact but having the emotion feel continuous. The continuity of a young character and an older version of the same character created a new set of criteria. Keeping the emotional logical, not just the rational logical, was as challenging as the physics and psychology of time travel.”
Kinberg says the casting of Stewart, McKellan and Jackman, actors with solid theatre backgrounds, has been a massive factor in the X-Men films’ ongoing success at the box office.
“The same is true for the next generation: Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult, “I’m not sure there’s ever been a cast assembled that’s quite as impressive in this one’s range, experience and accolades.”
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbinder, Halle Berry, Ana Paquin, Nicholas Hoult, Omar Sy, Shawn Ashmore, Evan Peters, Daniel Cudmore, Lucas Till, Fan Bingbing, Booboo Stewart, Josh Helman, Evan Jonigkeit and Adan Canto
Screenwriter: Simon Kinberg
Producers: Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner, Hutch Parker
Executive Producers: Todd Hallowell and Josh McAllen
Image Info: Photo: Alan Markfield” – TM and © 2013 Marvel and Subs. TM and © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.
Source: Twentieth Century Fox