Scores of fans lined up along the walls of the Imperial Theatre last night to gain a chance to revel in the presence of reknowned film director Bryan Singer. Known for films like The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil, and, of course, the X-Men films (but not the horrible X3), Singer is a geek celebrity. Answering questions about his career and from the crowd, the Q&A was especially exciting for the promised showcasing of the newest Xmen film 'Xmen Days of Future Past' filmed right here in Montreal.
Before the first X-Men, superhero movies were a nonexistant genre. Singer spoke about how he approched the fantastic world of comics and commented how he needed to find the humanity and relatbility in the characters. Once Singer realized how Professor X is the equivalent to Martin Luthor King, and Magneto is Malcom X, with mutant discrimination paralleling the social rights movement, everything clicked. The inherent social revelance of comic books, masked by fantasy and science fiction, was a big draw for Singer to the genre, and informed his later films like Superman Returns, Jack the Giant Slayer, and Days of Future Past.
Half an hour into the Q&A, the Days of Future Past screening began, much to the joy of fans. Here's a breakdown of what we saw:
Images of not-yet-seen mutants grace the screen (Bishop, Blink, and Warpath to name a few) followed by the original Xmen cast, all of them much older and war torn. The 'future' as it were is in a state of unrest as mutants have undergone severe persecution following the events of X3.
Professor Xavier (resurrected, if you didn't see the final clip of The Wolverine) prepares his mental powers to launch Wolverine's consciousness into the past and comments how Wolverine must reason with his past self as well as Magneto's. Now we get to the main setting of the film, the late 60's early 70's. What follows is a series of images showcasing how the First Class characters have changed in the last ten years. James McAvoy/young Xavier sports long hippy hair and a disgruntled attitude. Michael Fassbender/Magneto is back to his badass ways, flinging metal and people alike. Jennifer Lawrence/Mystique is much more akin to the Rebecca Romijn incarnation, with slicked back hair and martial arts. A series of conflicts fly by the screen and you get a sense that the mutant movement is still very much in peril in the past, just as it is in the future, and the teaser trailer ends with a confrontation between young and old Xavier. I don't know how exactly that works, but we'll have to wait until May 2014 to find out.
Singer fleshed out the trailer a bit, stating how most of the movie occurs in the 70's, yet remained mysterious in regards to the film's conception of time travel. While the trailer brought up more questions than it answered, rest assured that Days of Future Past looks to be an action-packed narrative that still has a lot of heart.
Check out the recently relesed teaser trailer for Days of Future Past below, to get you even more excited.
2020 has been full of unexpected events, to say the least. And Montreal's most recent is, hands down, the McGill fight club activity that allegedly took place on Monday, November 9, which is said to have been organized by first-year students living in the university's residences.
Thanks to the filming of X-Men in Montreal, Sophie Turner, who is playing Reran Grey and is famous for her fabulous acting in Game of Thrones, has turned up around ever corner! and has not been spotted walking her adorable Alaskan Klee Kai puppy.
In the picture above, Sophie Turner was spotted in Montreal by @alexmachard with her brand new puppy that she just got this September! It is the Alaskan Klee Kai breed which is basically like a mini-husky! Her puppy even has an Instagram account called @porkybasquiat.
Her dog is so adorable and is almost getting just as much attention as she is! Sophie Turner has been spotted taking pictures with legit everyone she meets and now you have an excuse to approach her! I mean look, heis even being harassed by the paparazzi in the photo below:
First and foremost the X-Men movie is still filming until the end of October So you still have a chance to spot Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender.
The movie Flarsky will be shooting in town for a few weeks starting at the end of October, and it stars none other than Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen!
Chaos Walking is filming here until at least November which stars Tom Holland, Nick Jonas, and Daisy Ridley.
Whats really cool about that is that both female star of the new star wars movie will be in town Daisy Ridley starred in The Force Awakens and Felicity Jones who played Jyn in Rogue One is filming a movie called On the Basis of Sex.
And Patrick Dempsey is filming a movie in the North of Quebec called The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair, which also starsBen Schnetzer, Damon Wayans Jr and Virginia Madsen.