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Presently, 'Days of Future Past' is coming together nicely. Bryan Singer is back in the director's chair, Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are returning as Magneto and Professor X respectively, Hugh Jackman will be reprising his role as Wolverine, and January Jones may not be coming back as Emma Frost. So yeah, good news all around. Now we can add three more franchise veterans to the cast list. Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, and Shawn Ashmore are all set to make a series comeback in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.' Paquin played Rogue in the first three films, with Ashmore taking on the role of Iceman for the initial trilogy. Page was actually the third actress to play Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat), but that character was not made prominent until her turn in 'X-Men III: The Last Stand.' Singer announced these pieces of casting directly through his Twitter account.
Not terribly surprising that once again Singer is hiring people he has worked with in the past to reclaim franchise roles. Well, at least that's the case with Paquin and Ashmore. He's yet to direct Page in an X-Men film, but again, Kitty wasn't made a central character until Brett Ratner's 'X-Men: The Last Stand.' The relationship between the past and the alternate future is a central component of this particular story arc, and it's nice to see that being reflected in the casting. It does however seem like more of the "future" is being nailed down than is the "past." That is, the news payload has been skewed toward returning cast members of the contemporary storylines and less in the direction of the roster of 'X-Men: First Class.' We don't know for certain how many graduates of the 'First Class' will be transitioning to 'Days of Future Past.' I suppose it makes sense that Singer's first priority would be securing the performers from his universe. I found Paquin to be a little flat as Rogue, but beyond that I have no complaints about this trio's return to the series.
What do you guys think? Happy Paquin, Page, and Ashmore are returning? If you had your druthers, would you have recast any of these parts?