James McAvoy on ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’: ‘Potentially it’s going to be the biggest, most epic X-Men’

Actor says they're 'definitely going for it' on new flick

James McAvoy has hyped up the forthcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past by saying it has the potential to be the “biggest, most epic X-Men” yet.

The film, which is due in cinemas next July (2014), will sport a massive ensemble cast under director Bryan Singer and was previously likened to being “three movies in one” by Hugh Jackman, who will play Wolverine. Jackman and McAvoy are set to be joined by Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Shaun Ashmore, Omar Sy and Evan Peters, among others.

Speaking to IGN about the film, McAvoy said: “Potentially it’s going to be the biggest, most epic X-Men they’ve ever had. I think it’s the second biggest production Fox have ever embarked upon, behind Avatar. So they’re definitely going for it.”

He also praised Singer, adding: “Bryan’s very protective of the series. He did create it. He did help form that environment that allowed subsequent superhero movies to exist and thrive like they have done for the last however many years. Not to say that there weren’t other superhero movies out at the time, but of that ilk, where it was OK to take it really seriously. He does take it really seriously. There’s a kind or reverence about it, which I like. You want people to take it seriously. That’s what he brings to it I think. And a safe pair of hands – you know you’re in good hands.”

Singer starting shooting the sequel in April of this year (2013) in Toronto and confirmed on August 18 that he had finished filming. Some of the action takes place in 1973, the director has revealed, and time travel will be used as a major plot device.