Anna Paquin, Ellen Page Returning for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

X-Men: First Class
<p>Although superhero stories have a long history of reimagining their characters (much less recasting actors in the same role), few have done so as effectively as <strong>Matthew Vaughn</strong>&rsquo;s<em> X-Men: First Class.</em> <strong>James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence</strong> and <strong>Nicholas Hoult </strong>step into the spandex of their cinematic predecessors<strong> Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Rebecca Romijn</strong> and <strong>Kelsey Grammer,</strong> respectively, not just rebooting the film series for a new generation but reimagining the characters in a context that adds depth and perspective on their behavior in the previous films.</p>
Bryan Singer tweets Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) is also coming back for the 2014 film -- and cracks a Brett Ratner joke in the process.

Here’s yet another blast from the past for X-Men fans.

Director Bryan Singer announced via Twitter Saturday three additional original trilogy actors will be returning for 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Anna Paquin, who played Rogue in the first three films, as well as Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde) and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) will be appearing in Fox's follow-up to 2011’s mutant prequel, X-Men: First Class.

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Singer directed Fox’s first two X-Men films, but left 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand in the hands of Brett Ratner when he departed to helm Superman Returns for Warner Bros. Ratner's X-Men film upset some fans because it killed off a number of key characters.

Singer jokingly thanked Ratner for allowing the mutants played by Paquin, Page and Ashmore live so he could use them in the new film.

Days of Future Past, based on a 1981 story in Marvel Comics' Uncanny X-Men, will involve both the 1960s First Class mutants, and a future version of the original trilogy characters, who live in a world in which mutants are hunted down.

First Class stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult are on board for the film, which is eyeing an April start date and is slated for a July 18, 2014 release.

As The Hollywood Reporter wrote in December, sources indicate stars of the original trilogy will appear mostly in scenes depicting a dystopian future, so time commitments for the actors are likely to be minimal.

Fans of the Marvel franchise won't have to wait until 2014 to get a mutant fix. Hugh Jackman returns in The Wolverine July 26.

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