'American Horror Story' Star Joins 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

Bryan Singer confirms that Evan Peters will portray Quicksilver in the sequel.
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Bryan Singer confirms that Evan Peters will portray Quicksilver in the sequel.

American Horror Story breakout Evan Peters has joined the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Director Bryan Singer made the announcement Thursday via Twitter, breaking the news that the young actor will portray Quicksilver in the upcoming Fox movie, which combines two X-Men franchises.

"Before he was an #Avenger, he was just a REALLY fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver," Singer wrote.

Quicksilver is the son of villain Magneto, who appeared in Issue No. 4 of Marvel's X-Men comic. The speedster later became a member of The Avengers, with his sister the Scarlet Witch.

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The casting poses an interesting conundrum for the Marvel universe. Writer-director Joss Whedon recently confirmed that Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch would be part of Avengers 2, being produced by Marvel Studios -- a rival production company to Fox. The casting potentially opens the door to a rare studio crossover.

The film also features First Class castmembers Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult, with original X-Men trilogy actors Patrick StewartIan McKellenAnna PaquinEllen Page and Shawn Ashmore on board to reprise their roles. Peter Dinklage is playing an unspecified villain.

Days of Future Past is scheduled to hit theaters July 18, 2014.

For his part, Peters has been one of the breakout stars of FX's anthology American Horror Story. He's set to return for the rebooted witch-themed third season, subtitled Coven, when the Ryan Murphy drama returns in October. He's one of the few actors to have appeared in all three seasons.

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