Stills released from new X-Men film

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The X-Men franchise continues with the X-Men: Days of Future Past due to be released sometime in 2014.

The film’s director Bryan Singer has released stills from the new film which is currently in production.

A short teaser trailer was released early in the week and then a few equally short new stills have also been released.

The images from the film, being produced by 20th Century Fox, were released by Empire andEntertainment Weekly magazines. Much of the main cast from the earlier films have reunited for his sequel.

Among the stars involved in the production are Charles Xavier played by Scottish actor James McAvoy, and Erik Lehnsherr being played by Michael FassbenderHugh Jackman asWolverineEllen Page as Kitty Pryde, and Shawn Ashmore as Iceman.

Also making their return to this new X-Men movie are an old Professor Xavier played by English actor Patrick Stewart and Magneto, played by Sir Ian McKellan.

The X-Men has spawned a slew of sequels and prequels including Wolverine, and X-Men United.

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Sir Ian McKellan to play Sherlock Holmes

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Aging English knight Sir Ian McKellan has signed on to play the world’s most famous detective Sherlock Holmes.

McKellan will play Holmes who has retired to a sleepy village in Sussex with his housekeeper and son who is an amateur sleuth.

McKellan, who has had recent renown in the “X-Men” franchise as well as “The Lord of the Rings”, will star as Holmes in the movie “A Slight Trick of the Mind” which will be directed by “Dreamgirls” and “Kinsey” director Bill Condon. The two worked together in the 1998 movie “Gods and Monsters”.

The plot sees Holmes haunted by a 50-year-old case and coming out of retirement to try to solve it.

Holmes has been played by numerous actors the most recent being AmericanRobert Downey Jr.Basil Hawthorne has also played the fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

According to the press information: “He remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.
“With his legendary mental powers on the wane, and without his old sidekick Watson, Holmes is faced with the toughest case of his life – a case that might finally reveal to him the mysteries of the human heart”.

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