Bryan Singer Will Return to Direct X-Men: Apocalypse
It's confirmed: X-Men, X2, and X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer will direct the next X-Men installment, Apocalypse. Although earlier reports stated that he would return, his status as director was unclear in light of the highly publicized sexual assault allegations. But the charges were recently dropped, and Singer will once again team up with writer Simon Kinberg for the sequel.
As a result of the mystifying retconned timeline, many of the stars of both trilogies will return, including Michael Fassbender as Magneto, James McAvoy as Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. They will also be casting the roles of young versions of many of the characters, such as Storm, Jean Grey, Cyclops. The film will reportedly focus more on the origin of the heroes, and, according to Singer, will be "more of a First Class sequel."
Kinberg attempted to explain the continuity of the timeline, but only managed to confuse us more: "We certainly re-write some of the history of ['X-Men: The Last Stand'] and ['X-Men: Origins - Wolverine']. One of the things we talk about in 'Days of Future Past' is that you can change the future, it's like a stream that moves in one direction-you can create a new ripple in it, but you certainly don't change the current. What we did in 'Days of Future Past' changed some things, but like you see of the film, they end up back in the mansion in the future, so most of the current continued in the same direction, so most of the things you see in [the earlier films] still happened but with slight adjustments."
X-Men: Apocalypse will be released in theaters on May 27, 2016.