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One of the most fascinating things about Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class is its setting. While all of the previous movies in the franchise have taken place in modern day, the “prequel” brought audiences back to a time the Kennedy presidency and Cold War paranoia, highlighted by and end sequence that served as an awesome riff on the real life Cuban Missile Crisis.
But while we’ve heard all kinds of details about the upcoming sequel, Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, including the fact that Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore and Ellen Page will all be reprising their roles from the original trilogy, one detail that has evaded us has been the year that the bulk of the story would be taking place. Today it seems that date has been revealed.
Comic Book Movie has picked up on a Twitter post from user @tvchiquita that has a casting call for the new film that seems to reveal what year most of X-Men: Days of Future Past will be taking place, and the answer is (drumroll please) 1973 - about ten years after the events of the first movie. The sequel appears to be going under the name “HK Productions” and looks to start costume fittings for background performers in the middle of next month up in Montreal. You can check out the full casting call below:
But what does it mean? Will Singer and his crew be focusing on another major historical event like they did in the first movie, or will it be operating separately? Could the ten year gap explain why January Jones may not be coming back as Emma Frost?
Well, you can put this on our list of movies we’ll be keeping an eye out in 2013. A comedic, rock biopic starring Michael Fassbender and two of this year’s scene stealers Domnhall Gleeson (“Anna Karenina”) and Scoot McNairy (“Killing Them Softly,” “Argo”)? Yeah, sign us up. And it looks like one more solid name is joining “Frank” as cameras are set to begin rolling soon.
Maggie Gyllenhaal has boarded the film that find her getting a little bit rock ‘n roll. The Brit List script, penned by Peter Straughan and journalist Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare At Goats”), is loosely based around the life of Chris Sievey, an English musician and comedian who formed the band The Freshies and later performed as the character Frank Sidebottom. No word yet on who will be playing what, but we’re mostly excited to see Fassbender exercise some comedic muscles, and like we said, the supporting cast is ace.
Lenny Abrahamson (“What Richard Did” will direct, and lensing is slated to take place in early 2013 in New Mexico. [Albuquerque Business via The Film Stage]
@EW: Hugh Jackman officially joins the cast of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ http://t.co/M3SNUPrb
Idris Elba and Michael Fassbender let their hair down at Bucks Townhouse Leeson Street where the Wire actor performed a DJ Set.
via Metro Herald e-edition
The thing that always lingers after a job is the talent we encounter. When Kelly and I worked on “Eden Lake” together, it required us to go to extreme places, and so I have been exposed to Kelly’s talent in abundance. It was unadorned, fearless and brilliant.
In “Flight” she navigates expertly, a complex and harrowing journey on which she takes her character, but once again so distinctively and personally that she effortlessly takes the audience along too. Kelly can go from broken bird to warrior in the blink of an eye. Always with the greatest of charm and intelligence.
- Fassbender on Eden Lake Co-star Kelly Reilly
At the Austin City Limits festival in October, actress Rooney Mara appeared on stage playing guitar with the Black Lips. A few weeks later at Fun Fun Fun Fest, Val Kilmer also joined the band on stage, destroying an amp with a chainsaw and cutting off his own hair with a knife. What the hell was going on?
Apparently, they were filming scenes for a new movie by famed director Terrence Malick (Days of Heaven, Badlands, The Tree of Life), which has been shooting at various Austin festivals and concerts since last year. The film doesn’t have a title yet (it was previously called Lawless, until another movie with that name came along) and the whole thing is shrouded in mystery.
Here’s what we know so far:
- Per IMDB: “Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.”
- The film stars Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Michael Fassbender, Holly Hunter, and Skyfall Bond girl Bérénice Marlohe.
- Val Kilmer hasn’t been confirmed, though his appearance with the Black Lips at Fun Fun Fun would imply as much.
- Benicio Del Toro is also rumored to be in the film.
The musicians who may or may not appear in the film:
- The Black Lips, joined on stage by Mara and Kilmer.
- Alan Palomo of Neon Indian reportedly shot scenes for the film
- Fleet Foxes, who were joined by Christan Bale on bongos at last year’s Austin City Limits
- Arcade Fire and Iron & Wine, who were also reportedly filmed at last year’s Austin City Limits
- Die Antwoord, who were on stage at this year’s Austin City Limits while Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender reportedly shot a scene for the film.
- Portman was also spotted at Iggy and the Stooges’ set at this year’s ACL.
- YACHT and Big Freedia, who were filmed at last year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest.
-You can see Gosling and Mara hanging in the background in this “behind the scenes” video for Lykke Li’s episode of PBS’ “Austin City Limits” TV show.
- Patti Smith, who allegedly serenaded Mara during a recent Austin show.
- Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine was spotted with Gosling and Mara at this year’s ACL.
- Tegan and Sara, who played the set immediately following.
- Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 and 2012.
- Austin City Limits 2011 and 2012.
- SXSW 2012 (Palomo shot scenes there with Mara).
- Various concerts around Austin.
- The reports from festivals and live shows probably won’t end here. The lead actors are still being spotted around Austin.
- Malick may be filming now, but don’t expect to see it any time soon. He’s a notoriously slow director: the length of time between Days of Heaven and its follow-up, The Thin Red Line, was 20 years.
- Malick is also at work on another film called Knight of Cups. Bale, Blanchett, Hunter, and Portman also star in that film, which is about “a man, temptations, celebrity, and excess,” according to IMDB. Perhaps it’s just a casting coincidence, but there’s speculation that the two films are linked somehow.
- The non-musical plot point, the one about love triangles? That’s pretty much confirmed by the dozens of tabloid reports showing the various actors making out in different Austin locations. Oh look, here’s one from Perez Hilton!
- One more guest star: resident Austin weirdo Eric “The Lizardman” Sprague.
“I’ll give a shout-out to Stephen Graham [Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire], Michael Fassbender [Edwin Epps in Twelve Years A Slave], Dominic West [Jimmy McNulty in The Wire], Steve McQueen [director of Twelve Years] and James Purefoy [Teddy Rist in 2009 TV series The Philanthropist]. I am the black man in the Brit pack and they are my Brit brothers.”- Michael K Williams via The Guardian
“He does have a lot of confidence…”- Diaz on Fassbender via Elle Magazine
Michael Fassbender singing Anarchy in the UK @ the highball with Karaoke Apocalypse Austin TX!