Good news for fans of “X-Men” movies old and new! Bryan Singer, director of the first two “X-Men” movies and the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” has confirmed via Twitter that Hugh Jackman will appear in the new film as Wolverine. Singer said:
I would officially like to welcome @RealHughJackman to the cast of #Xmen Days of Future Past. Very excited! More to come…”
Other returnees from the Singer films include Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. Meanwhile, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Jennifer Lawrence are back to reprise their roles from 2011′s “X-Men: First Class.”
The new film is “said to be inspired Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s comic book storyline that ran in “Uncanny X-Men” #141 and 142 back in 1981. “Days of Future Past” introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel’s mutants that grew out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.”
Simon Kinberg wrote the script, and the movie is set for a July 18, 2014 release.
No word on whether Jackman will be doing more than a cameo. He probably wasn’t hard to get; one of my favorite things about Jackman is that you get the impression he loves performing so much he’d show up at your kid’s birthday party and sing if he had a free hour.
You’ll see Jackman on screens next week in “Les Miserables,” and next summer he’ll be in his own Wolverine movie, helpfully titled “The Wolverine.” He’s also set to star in “Prisoners” with Jake Gyllenhaal.