January Jones played Emma Frost in First Class while Rose Byrne played Moira McTaggert. They didn't have much screen time together but there was that one scene where both were stripped down to not-an-awful-lot. The sixties, eh? Tsk.
Now they have another thing in common – neither actress has heard anything about returning for the next X-Movie, Days of Future Past.
Jones told Collider:
I don't know that I'm in it, I don't think Emma's in this one. Well they haven't told me if I am. I wouldn't put it past them though, I got the script for the first one on the airplane on the way there…
I think it's more about James [McAvoy] and Michael [Fassbender] and then Patrick [Stewart] and Ian [McKellen], and I think it's gonna go back and forth with those so I don't think Emma's in those bits. I don't know, I really don't know.
I won't be holding my breath. We heard a long, long time ago that Frost was likely not to make the cut, but when Bryan Singer took over we thought things might change. Apparently not.
Similar but not quite the same story with Rose Byrne. She was stopped on the red carpet by occasional Hey U Guys guy Ben Mortimer, and she said:
I haven't heard yet what's happening. I'm waiting to hear.
We have no idea what plans there may or may not be for a Byrne return, and her answer does kind of duck the question. You could always read it as:
I'm in, but nobody has told me what exactly it is that I'm doing, just let me tell you this in the vaguest and least committal way I can manage.
Question marks, then, one struck bolder than the other.
Better news for three mutants from the "original trilogy." Bryan Singer took to Twitter today to confirm some casting.
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) January 26, 2013
Paquin's turn as Rogue dates back to part one, Ashmore's Iceman to part two,* and Ellen Page was the third Kitty Pryde, called up for Brett Ratner's Last Stand.
I imagine Singer's pretty happy with that casting, though. Certainly a higher profile player than either of his Kitties.
If Singer and co. are sticking close to Days of Future Past as it appeared in the comics, Kitty has a very key role but I can't quite see how it would be able to work the same way.
In the story line's "future," Kitty Pryde would have to be Ellen Page age. So then, if she's going to "possess" a version of herself in the film's "past"… well, I don't think such a character would exist.
I expect they've changed it up somehow. Maybe it's Wolverine's mind who gets pushed back. Maybe Kitty gets pushed back into another character. Or maybe they find a different way of "future" and "past" communicating.
It'll be fun finding out.
I continue to wait for the one Singer tweet that would really set fire to this thing: confirmation of The Sentinels, those X-Men hunting giant robots.
The fans want it, Bryan. Give it up.
And if you want to make me, in particular, happy then announce that you're shooting in 3D at a high frame rate. You know you want to.
*I'd forgotten, but many of you have told me. He was in part one. I suppose I should watch that again but every time I consider putting it on, I just go for X2 instead.