The ultimate battle begins May 21 in X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Producers say that Days Of Future Past is the biggest X-Men film ever attempted, and indeed the biggest Fox has made since Avatar.


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The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past to save our future.

More than the returning classic well-loved mutants played by Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, and Ellen Page, X-Men: Days of Future Past also marks the return of director Bryan Singer at the helm of a franchise he helped launch.

Singer is back behind the camera for the adaptation of one of the best-loved X-Men stories, which found our heroes fighting for survival in a dark future where the hulking, robotic Sentinels have been slowly wiping them out.

In a desperate final gambit, the mutants look to time travel to help their younger selves stop this awful timeline from coming to pass.

And, thanks to his innate healing abilities, Wolverine (Jackman) is the one chosen to endure the strain of travelling back in time.

Writer/producer Simon Kinberg, whose pen and might gave rise to unparalleled blockbusters such as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: First Class, and xXx: State of the Union is onboard in X-Men: Days of the Future Past collaborating with Singer on the movie’s story and production.

It was Kinberg’s idea to use Chris Claremont, John Byrne, and Terry Austin’s Days Of Future Past storyline from the Uncanny X-Men comic title, which allows the filmmakers to draw on their shared love of time-travel films.

Once Kinberg and Singer seized on the Future Past plot as a jumping-off point, the possibilities were endless. “Bryan and I spent months revising the script together,” Kinberg recalls.

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It was also important, according to Kinberg, to continue the First Class story without needing a direct connection.

“We didn’t want it to start or a month or even a year after the last movie. We wanted to give it a big breadth of time so that you would meet these characters in some ways for the first time again, so we set the movie 10 years later than First Class ended and in doing that, part of my responsibility as the writer was creating a timeline so we can just give the actors a sense of who they've become and how they got there over the span of the 10 years we haven't seen.”

As the most powerful telepath on earth, Charles Xavier has watched his kind slowly hunted down. But now the time has come to lead his X-Men in their greatest battle in the present and the past.

Though Wolverine is the one who travels back in time to his old self and must seek out the disheartened, damaged X-Men of the 1970s, it is Charles Xavier who has centre stage in Days Of Future Past.

Far from the chipper, driven Charles we first met in First Class, the Xavier in 1973 is a shell of his former self, haunted by Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) and Raven’s (Jennifer Lawrence) betrayal, crippled and frustrated by his failed attempts to launch a facility to help mutants.

It gave actor James McAvoy, the man behind the younger Charles, a chance to really find a new take on the character after helping to push Magneto’s narrative last time.

“I can go further with the extremity from what Patrick did, but also from what I did in the last movie, too. So you’ll find him very different. Not just because he’s got long hair, but because of what he is and how shaky his soul is.

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"That’s really the key to him in this one, that his power, which has always been seen as his psychic ability or great intelligence or whatever, really what I think it is empathy.

"That’s his greatest power. But he’s lost the ability to be able to empathize with other people, because it’s too painful for him. Why? Because he’s been given all of his own pain to deal with by Erik and Raven. The fact that he was sort of abandoned at the end of the last movie by both of them. Not just abandoned, but horribly injured.”

Anchoring the whole thing is Jackman’s Logan, a.k.a. Wolverine. The longest-serving member of the X-Men acting company, Jackman is back for his seventh (sixth including his First Class cameo) appearance in the hair and the claws, and reflects that Logan is a very different man from the troubled loner we met back in 2000.

“You get the feeling that he's come to terms with who he is—I'm a warrior, I'm Wolverine, and that's who I am, for better or worse, it's not all going to be pretty, but here we go,” Jackman says.

But his latest mission could prove even tougher.

“He's sent back to try and fix things and, as he says, ‘I'm the last person in the world for this. If you want someone to go back to take someone's head off, fantastic, but he's really got to go back and almost act in parts as inspiration, as mentor, as guide, because he can't do it all on his own, which is always his preferred method, but he can't here because of the nature of the story.

"So he has to become, not necessarily a leader, because I'd still call Xavier the leader here, but a facilitator for everyone to come together.”

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This time the X-Men are facing their toughest challenge yet, Game of Thrones fan favorite Peter Dinklage was hired to play a very different version of Bolivar Trask, a genius who views mutants as a mortal threat to mankind and decides to create the menacing, technologically advanced Sentinel robots to fight them.

Singer chose Dinklage for several reasons. “I was very familiar with him and I'm a fan of his. He first and foremost, carries the screen, and there's not a second that you take him for granted.”

Kinberg admits that Trask’s creations were another big driving force behind the choice of storyline. “Once we all committed to Days Of Future Past, we knew the Sentinels would be a part of it, and Trask would be central to the story,” he says.

In the film, the ‘70s Sentinels are the epitome of technology at the time, though obviously they seem dated now. The future robots, however, are complex fighting machines, able to adapt to mutants’ powers.

“I really wanted to embrace the '70s,” says production designer John Myhre about the first generation, one of which was physically built by Legacy Effects.

“I love that 70's style of design of molded plastics and white plastics and smoked plastics and looked at a lot of car design and futuristic concepts from the 70's on a high end but also stereos. It was the very first thing we started designing for the 70's sentinels and the future sentinels. Bryan was immediately very excited for our concept of the future.

"The 70's was a bit more complicated in that you really want to be faithful for the fans in the books so there a lot of elements that needed to be a humanoid shape to have a head arms and needed to be purple.

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"There were a lot of things we had to do to give them a different look.” So fans of the comic book will see some elements they recognize, even though the film’s take on the robots is unique.

There’s no denying that Days Of Future Past is the biggest X-Men film ever attempted, and indeed the biggest Fox has made since Avatar.

Singer, though, points out that it should be enjoyable to those who have read the comics and watched the movies and people who don’t know their Mystique from their Sunspot.

“In the beginning we kind of recap everything,” he says. “There are things, images we see that help people. It still is tied into the universe so it's nice if you've got some familiarity but you don't really need to know, you can be really entertained by the movie if you haven't seen an X-Men film.”

The greatest battle for survival is about to happen on May 21 when X-Men: Days of Future Past (3D) opens in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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