For the past month and with the production of X-Men: Days of Future Past growing ever closer, rumors regarding the return of the original trilogy actors have run rampant. Patrick Stewart has come close to confirming his involvement while Famke Janssen also hinted that she could get in on the time-bending adventure as well. Up to this point nothing has been confirmed, and with The Wolverine still in production there could easily be a few surprises in store. With talk still surrounding a set photo that The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning receiving its big screen debut, now a new report suggest that perhaps the titular female herself could be showing up as well.
We Got This Covered (via The Playlist) reports that Janssen has filmed a “small cameo appearance” last week as X-Men member Jean Grey for The Wolverine. There are no details on exactly what her involvement consists of, but given that The Wolverine takes place before the original trilogy she could easily find a place somewhere…maybe at the side of Charles Xavier as a hero-in-training. It’s unlikely Grey would show up in Japan, but hey: the world is wide open at this point.
When asked about possibly returning to the X-Men universe, Janssen simply said earlier this month that ”One never knows,” and she was ” in no position to say anything…Jean Grey, the Phoenix…she finds a way to reincarnate herself constantly, so one never knows”.
Producer Bryan Singer has hinted that Days of Future Past may connect both the original trilogy and the First Class universe after the acclaimed prequel was met with some criticism due to continuity errors. Director Matthew Vaughn has recently been confirmed to include the big bad Sentinels in the upcoming film, hinting that perhaps the upcoming story won’t stray too far from the source material roots. If so, it seems like the resurgence of Kitty Pryde, Cyclops, Storm and others may be in the works in deep secrecy for the time being. But for right now, everything remains uncertain until January’s start date.
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.
Starring Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee as villain Kenuichio Harada or as he’s best known in the comics The Silver Samurai, Hiroyuki Sanada (Revenge, Lost) as Shingen; veteran actor Hal Yamanouchi (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) as Yashida; and new discoveries Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima as Mariko and Yukio, respectively, The Wolverine is currently scheduled for a release on July 26th, 2013.