On Friday May the 16th Melbourne got to host the Australian premiere of ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’, the biggest X-Men film yet – and according to early reviews from the US it’s also supposed to be the best in the series so far. The Premiere took place at Hoyts Cinemas in the Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, with stars walking the red carpet underneath the famous Shot Tower.
The premiere was part of the Worldwide X-Men X-Perience where, after the New York world premiere, different cast members spread out to six other premieres in London, Moscow, Sao Paolo, Beijing, Singapore and last but not least Melbourne. These last three events were all attended by Hugh Jackman, Peter Dinklage and Fan BingBing.
Peter Dinklage is mostly famous for his role as Tyrion Lannister in ‘Game of Thrones’, where he plays the only good guy in a serpent’s nest full of villains. In ‘X-Men Days Of Future Past’ it is the other way round: here Dinklage plays the villain in a film full of heroes. Dinklage’s character Bolivar Trask is responsible for the creation of the Sentinels, the killer robots that hunt down the X-Men and all other mutants.
For Chinese superstar and pop culture phenomenon Fan Bing Bing her role in this new X-Men Movie marks her first role of significance in an American film. Bing Bing appeared in a small role in last year’s ‘Iron Man 3’,but her role was cut from the theatrical version . In ‘X-Men Days Of Future Past’ she plays the role of Blink, one of the new X-Men members that try to survive in a dystopian future where no mutant is safe from the Sentinels.
We got the chance to briefly speak with The Wolverine himself, and used the opportunity to ask him if he ever considered adapting the late eighties X-Men comics storyline where the X-Men are living in hiding in the Australian Outback.
Since we only had one minute with Hugh we obviously did not have the chance for a proper elevator pitch, yet the ever friendly star actor acted intrigued. He appeared surprised and interested to find out that there was a key storyline in the X-Men canon that is set in his home country: “That’s a great idea. I’m so gonna read those, thank you for that! I’d love to film that”.
For those not familiar with the history of the series: in the late eighties the X-Men comics were set in Outback Australia for two years. While the world thinks the X-Men died during a battle in Dallas, they actually went in hiding in an abandoned base in the Australian Outback. This used to be the headquarters of the Reavers, a group of murderous cyborg terrorists that were defeated by the X-Men.
Although the group of heroes was hiding in the most remote place on earth, they still went on missions across the world. This was possible since the base came with an indigenous Australian mutant called Gateway, who has the power to teleport whole groups of people to any place in the world. The “Outback era” is considered by many fans to be one of the strongest storylines in the series, and fans should be pleased to know everyone’s favourite Aussie X-Man actor now knows about it.
‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ will open in cinemas nationwide on Thursday the 22nd of May.
Below are a few more snapshots from the red carpet: