We already knew that Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past would connect the First Class universe to the modern-day X-Men trilogy. Now, thanks to some casting notes, we know how the director plans to do it.
A casting note acquired by Comic Book Movie reveals that the bulk of the film takes place in 1973. Yeah, you read that right—10 years after the events of First Class. That means we’ll have the 70s-era X-Men interacting with Xavier’s present-day gang, joining forces to change some event that creates a catastrophic future.
Assuming this is true, it begs the question: Why do a time jump when you’re already featuring time travel at the center of the storyline? For one, it gives the writers a chance to have the X-Men and Magneto’s Brotherhood of Mutants established before the action ramps up. We already got the origin story with First Class, so we don’t need another film to establish more team dynamics.
The storytelling tool also gives the writers a great excuse to shake up the cast to some degree. With First Class characters Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) and Emma Frost (January Jones) already rumored to be out for the sequel, this would make it a lot easier to explain why they’re MIA.
Check out the casting call below. Are you glad to hear Singer is moving the timeline ahead, or would you prefer to see a bit more of the ‘60s?
(Via Comic Book Movie)