‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Movie Starts To Take Shape With New Cast And Plot Details
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer revealed that the movie, as one might assume, will at least partially be based on the "Age of Apocalypse" storyline from the mid-1990s, though "[the movie] won’t necessarily create an alternate universe."
Singer is in the process of writing the script with Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, the writers with whom he collaborated on what has almost certainly been the most celebrated of the X-Men films, X2. Interestingly, the writers of Days of Future Past, Simon Kinberg, Jane Goldman, and Matthew Vaughn, don't seem to be involved. (Vaughn was originally attached to direct the movie.)
Singer revealed a few more details: This movie moves the timeline up into the 1980s and will prominently feature Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult). So, the usual suspects.
Shockingly, the director said that the next movie "may be a bigger movie than Days of Future Past because there’ll be disaster movie imagery, like the title would imply.” Days of Future Past has a gigantic cast of characters and gigantic Sentinels in it, so those are big words.
The director also discussed how Days of Future Past will set up the next installment:
You won’t feel at the end of the movie that it set up Apocalypse. What it does is it sets up possibilities. But what we’ll discover in Apocalypse is that events in this movie made that happen. … Apocalypse deals with ancient mutancy. What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You’re dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters May 23. X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled for release May 27, 2016.