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"X-Men: Days of Future Past" may have just wrapped filming last week, but we've already gotten a host of behind-the-scenes photos courtesy of filmmaker Bryan Singer, whose directorial style seems to consist of lining up his shots, talking to the actors, and then tweeting furiously. There was also that nifty cookie that ran during the credits of the sorely underrated "The Wolverine," which pointed in the direction of the new film's plot -- and more importantly contained a joke about how Hugh Jackman's metallic mutant deals with airport security. Despite all this influx of buzz, the first official photo from the production has only just been released, and it features a trio of mutants sporting some seriously questionable styles.
The still shows Jackman's Wolverine, James McAvoy's Charles Xavier, and Nicholas Hoult's Beast walking down a familiar chrome hallway in X-Men HQ. Everyone is looking impossibly '70s: wide collars, uneasy prints, corduroy, and singularly awful hair. McAvoy, in particular, seems to be channeling Viggo Mortensen's character from "Carlito's Way" (good to know he hasn't lost his flowing locks yet).
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As you may or may not know, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is based on an influential four-issue comic book arc by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. In that series, time travel is utilized to stop Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), a mad scientist and technology developer who creates the Sentinels, giant hulking robots whose sole purpose is finding and killing mutants. Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) does the time traveling in the comics, but since this is a big Hollywood movie and ewwww girls, it's Jackman's Wolverine who gets to do the time warp again. The movie promises to reunite the cast of the original "X-Men" movies (two of which were directed by Singer) and the '60s-set cast of "X-Men: First Class," directed by Matthew Vaughn (who will serve as a producer here).
In addition to McAvoy, Hoult, Page, and Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Shawn Ashmore, Lucas Till, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, and Halle Berry will return, alongside new cast members Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, and Adan Canto.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" will be released on May 23, 2014 -- in conventional theaters and '70s-o-vision equipped auditoriums.