by Brett White
When actor Lucas Till was spotted near the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" set last month, we wondered if that meant a return for "X-Men: First Class" character Havok. Today, director Bryan Singer confirmed the actor and character's return with one tweet.
While it doesn't look like Havok will be teaming up with his former teammates (looks like he's in Vietnam), it is cool to know that another "First Class" actor has made it to the sequel. Till joins Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult as the only actors to return from the 2011 X-Movie.
But that's not the only big "Days of Future Past" news to hit this afternoon. Vulture has teased what could be a few of Fox's announcements regarding the film, which we'll reveal after the jump due to possible spoilers.
The website has a hunch that Fox will send around a dozen X-Men to San Diego Comic-Con International this weekend to be on hand for the big surprising announcements pertaining to the upcoming team film and the franchise's future. In addition to that, Vulture expects there to be an announcement confirming the roles of two cast members: Peter Dinklage and Josh Helman.
We can expect Peter Dinklage to be revealed as Bolivar Trask, one of the characters we had a hunch he'd play back in February. But if Vulture's right, then all our guesses about the newly cast Josh Helman were completely wrong. Vulture reports that he'll be playing a young "Bill Stryker," a role previously played by Brian Cox in 2003's "X2."
If true, Helman will be the third actor to play William Stryker in the franchise. Cox played the character in the present day in "X2," while Danny Huston played the character circa 1981 in 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." To add even more confusing years to this paragraph, next year's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is set eight year's prior to "Origins: Wolverine," in 1973.
So yes, if Helman is Stryker, then he'll be the third actor to play the character but the first chronologically. Thanks for keeping it simple, comics!
To keep the fun going, we should also note that Stryker's father, William Stryker Sr. popped up in a cameo role in "X-Men: First Class," which was set in 1962. How is it that a character who has appeared in so few comics has had so much screen time?
Expect these claims to be either confirmed or denied by the end of the week.
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