Anyone who's been paying attention to recent movie news knows that next year's monolithic mutant movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past will feature just about every actor and actress who's had even a passing connection to the collective film franchise. However, according to actor, Alan Cumming, it most likely will NOT include his popular character, Nightcrawler.
With franchise heavies like Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and the recently-self-confirmed Halle Berry on board, it seemed like anyone with an "X" on their film resume would be getting the fateful call from director, Bryan Singer to hop on board this time-bending bash of epic proportions. Yet, according to Cumming, that call never came. -- Not that it would have mattered anyway. According to the actor in a recent interview with Sirius XM:
"No, they haven’t [asked me to return]. Someone asked me that the other day and I said no. I know the one that’s coming up shoots this Spring, but I wouldn’t be available anyways. I don't think they have. I was gonna meet my manager for dinner later, I was gonna ask him, but no, I’m sure they would’ve told me, had they approached."
Thus, despite the fact that Days looks to be the most surreal fanboy-feast of fighting mutants, it will do battle with the giant robot Sentinels minus the presence of the smoke-shifting acrobatic blue-skinned badass, Kurt Wagner, aka Nightcrawler, who practically stole the show in the 2003 sequel, X2. (Which is widely regarded as the best film in the series.)
The same grim news goes for the character of Azazel, who in the comic book canon, was the father of Nightcrawler. (With Mystique being his mother.) Actor Jason Flemyng, who played the red-skinned teleporter in 2011's X-Men: First Class, would also confirm his non-involvement in the film. The lack of Nightcrawler-esque activity may be a small price to pay for the embarrassment of mutant riches that is this cast, but it's still an unfortunate one.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (sans Nightcrawler) will nevertheless bamf its way to theaters on July 18, 2014.