We’re going to see how the future turned out for the love triangle of Iceman, Rogue and Shadowcat after all, as Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore and Anna Paquin have signed on to return to their respective roles in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The actors join previously announced returning X-Men cast members Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, and Ian McKellen as well as First Class cast members James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and recent SNL host Jennifer Lawrence.
Shawn may have played coy with us in our interview with Bobby Drake last week, but he was apparently already deep in negotiations to come back for the Bryan Singer-helmed follow-up to both his X-Men films and Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. Interestingly, the return of Ellen Page’s Kitty Pryde is the first character from Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand that has been named as an addition, dashing the hopes of fans that wanted X3 disavowed. Bryan Singer confirmed the casting choices and acknowledged Brett Ratner by thanking him for “keeping them alive” so he could use them in this film:
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) January 26, 2013
This opens up many questions about who else could be added from the less-than-celebrated third act of the original X-Men trilogy. Will we see return Kelsey Grammer to play a gray-haired Beast opposite Nick Hoult’s Hank McCoy? Will Ben Foster don his wings again to play Warren Worthington III? Could Vinnie Jones pop back up to tell us that he’s still the Juggernaut, bitch? These questions are still up in the air, but this cast is starting to get so top-heavy, it’s possible we’re going to be able to play bingo on the cover of Uncanny X-Men #141. At least we know now who will be posing as Kitty Pryde when that legendary cover is most likely turned into a poster for the upcoming film.