Hugh Jackman is confirmed to resume his role as Wolverine in the next X-Men film, Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer, who is responsible for the first film in the series as well as its follow-up X2, announced the news via his official Twitter account earlier this week.
Jackman joins Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, who will reprise their roles as Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier, respectively. Their younger counterparts, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, will also reportedly appear in the movie, suggesting that the upcoming action flick will feature a time jump and follow characters through multiple points in their lives.
First Class stars Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), and Rose Byrne (geneticist Moira MacTaggert) have also expressed interest in returning to the X-Men series. It remains unclear whether the young actors will join other stars of the original X-Men trilogy like Halle Berry as Storm, James Marsden as Cyclops, and Famke Janssen as Jean Grey.
Matthew Vaughn, who was originally slated to direct Days of Future Past, is still attached to the project. He will share writing duties with Jane Goldman and Simon Kinberg. And though details of the plot have not yet been released, Singer has said he wants the superhero movie to tackle another important historical event.
In other news, Hugh Jackman is set to begin filming of The Wolverine soon. The movie, a follow-up to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, will be released July 26, 2013.
Days of Future Past is slated for a summer 2014 release.