Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry has confirmed that she will reprise her role as Storm / Ororo Munroe in the upcoming prequel sequel film X-Men: Days of Future Past. As you may know, Berry originated the role of Storm in the first X-Men film that was released back in 2000 (which was directed by Bryan Singer). She appeared in that film’s sequels but was not seen in the most recent X-Men film X-Men: First Class. While promoting her new film The Call (in theaters this month), Halle confirmed rumors that she would be squeezing back into her superhero suit to portray Storm in Days of Future Past (also directed by Bryan Singer). Click below to watch video of Halle making the confirmation.
he old gang is really getting back together. After weeks of speculation, Halle Berry confirmed to HitFix this weekend that she’ll return as Ororo Munroe, better known as Storm, in Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
The Oscar-winner portrayed the powerful mutant in the first three Marvel X-Men films: “X-Men” (2000), “X-2: X-Men United” (2003) and “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006). The franchise was recently “retro-rebooted” by director Matthew Vaughn with the critically acclaimed “X-Men: First Class” (2011) which featured an entirely new cast and was set in the early 1960’s. Vaughn is only producing the upcoming sequel, “Days of Future Past,” but original franchise helmer Singer is returning to the director’s chair after having sat out “Last Stand” and “First Class” (which he co-produced). The new film is rumored to begin in 1973 and will find the young “First Class” X-Men (Nicholas Hoult – Beast, Jennifer Lawrence – Mystique) traveling through time to engage with some version of the “old” but more modern day X-Men (Hugh Jackman – Wolverine, Ellen Page – Kitty Pryde). The film’s plot and title are seemingly inspired by the classic “Future Past” storyline featured in Uncanny X-Men issues 141 and 142 which found Pryde transporting her mind to a dystopian future where mutants live in labor camps and many of your favorite X-Men have already killed fighting the government forced oppression … More intriguingly, Marvel recently launched an All-New X-Men comic that finds the five original mutants (Angel, Iceman, Cyclops, Marvel Girl and Beast) transported to present day to meet their future selves. The teenagers are appalled at what they have become and seem intent on fixing the “present” or making sure it never happens. HitFix spoke to Singer recently and he admitted the time travel element may allow him to “fix” some of the mistakes fans were disappointed by in “The Last Stand” (maybe). No matter what the case, Berry, whose career has been more successful creatively than commercially over the past few years is more than happy to join the party. “Yeah, I’m really happy to to,” Berry told HitFix of returning to wearing Ororo’s notorious white wigs. “I love Storm and I’m happy I get to be a part of it this time.” Proving once again that “never say never again” should be Hollywood’s motto, Berry is reuniting with Singer after the two had an infamous falling out during the production of “X2.”
While Halle Berry’s falling out with Bryan Singer wasn’t as notorious as Megan Fox’s falling out with Michael Bay, the fact that both actresses are coming back into the fold to work with their formerly estranged directors proves that it makes no sense for actors to get into any kind of public spats with their directors. Honestly, I have mixed feelings about Berry’s return to the X-Men movies. I mean, her portrayal as Storm has been really terrible … in my most humble of opinions. She was laughable in the first X-Men film and only marginally got better in the subsequent films (mostly because her screentime was lessened in the sequels). It’s possible that Halle Berry might be able to make Storm cool in this new film but I’m not holding my breath. That being said, I’m glad that Halle and Bryan have kissed and made up … she may be a terrible Storm but, I must admit, it’ll be nice to see her back with the old gang again.