During a Q&A at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer confirmed that Scarlet Witch will not be appearing in the upcoming X-Men sequel alongside her brother Quicksilver.
The announcement was accompanied by a few other scoops. Singer revealed that Josh Helman, the latest actor to join the cast, will portray a young William Stryker, the Army colonel bent on destroying the mutants. Stryker first appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And most of the film will take place during 1973. Characters have moved on since the events of First Class, but they will still be in the midst of building their personas. All the scenes that take place in the future will occur about 10 years after X3.
The timeline suggests that Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry and everyone else from the original X-Men trilogy won’t get a lot of screen time.
Singer also said he wanted to bring Cyclops back after disliking how the character was treated in The Last Stand, but he couldn’t justify resurrecting the mutant.
Days of Future Past is scheduled to hit theaters May 23, 2014. Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and James McAvoy will all reprise their roles from First Class. They will be joined by Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters, Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, Lucas Till and others.