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X2: X-Men United (2003)


Coming Out at 25 April 2003 in theaters

Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

X2: X-Men United is superhero film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris and David Hayter, from a story by Singer, Hayter and Zak Penn. The film is based on the X-Men superhero team appearing in Marvel Comics. It is the sequel to X-Men (2000), as well as the second installment in the X-Men film series, and features an ensemble cast including Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bruce Davison, and Anna Paquin. Its plot, inspired by the graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills, concerns the genocidal Colonel William Stryker leading an assault on Professor Xavier’s school to build his own version of Xavier’s mutant-tracking computer Cerebro, in order to destroy every mutant on Earth and to “save” the human race from them, forcing the X-Men to team up with the Brotherhood of Mutants, their former enemies, to stop Stryker and save the mutant race.

Development on the sequel began shortly after the first film was released in 2000. David Hayter and Zak Penn wrote separate scripts, combining what they felt to be the best elements of both scripts into one screenplay. Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris were eventually hired to rewrite the work, and changed the characterizations of Beast, Angel, and Lady Deathstrike. Sentinels and the Danger Room were set to appear before being deleted because of budget concerns. The film’s premise was influenced by the Marvel Comics storylines Return to Weapon X and God Loves, Man Kills. Filming began in June 2002 and ended that November, mostly taking place at Vancouver Film Studios, the largest North American production facility outside of Los Angeles. Production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas adapted similar designs by John Myhre from the previous film.

At the White House, brainwashed teleporting mutant Nightcrawler attempts to assassinate the President of the United States but before he can do so, is shot and retreats. Meanwhile, Wolverine explores an abandoned military installation at Alkali Lake in Alberta for clues to his past, but finds nothing. Jean has been having premonitions and struggles to concentrate as her powers become increasingly difficult to control. Later, Wolverine returns to Professor Xavier’s school for mutants, and Xavier tracks Nightcrawler using Cerebro. Xavier and Cyclops go to question the imprisoned Magneto about the attack, while X-Men Storm and Jean Grey retrieve Nightcrawler. Military scientist Colonel William Stryker approaches the president and receives approval to investigate Xavier’s mansion for their ties to mutants in the wake of the recent attack. Stryker’s forces invade the school and abduct some of the students. Colossus leads the remaining students to safety while Wolverine, Rogue, Iceman, and Pyro escape, and Stryker’s assistant Yuriko Oyama captures Cyclops and Xavier. During the attack Wolverine confronts Stryker, who addresses him by name and seems to know about his past.

Director: Bryan Singer

Writers: Zak Penn, David Hayter, Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn


Patrick StewartProfessor Charles Xavier
Hugh JackmanLogan / Wolverine
Ian McKellenEric Lehnsherr / Magneto
Halle BerryOroro Munroe / Storm
Famke JanssenJean Grey
James MarsdenScott Summers / Cyclops
Anna PaquinRogue
Rebecca RomijnRaven Darkholme / Mystique / Grace
Brian CoxWilliam Stryker
Alan CummingKurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Bruce DavisonSenator Kelly
Aaron StanfordJohn Allerdyce / Pyro
Shawn AshmoreBobby Drake / Ice Man
Kelly HuYuriko Oyama / Lady Deathstrike
Katie StuartShadowcat
Kea WongJubilation Lee / Jubilee
Cotter SmithPresident McKenna
Chiara ZanniWhite House Tour Guide
Jackie A. GreenbankPresident’s Secretary
Michael SoltisWhite House Checkpoint Agent
Michael David SimmsWhite House Agent (Lead Agent)
David FabrizioOval Office Agent Fabrizio
Roger CrossOval Office Agent Cartwright
Richard BradshawSpecial Ops Agent
Bryce HodgsonArtie
Glen CurtisMuseum Teenager #1
Greg RikaartMuseum Teenager #2
Shauna KainTheresa Rourke / Siryn
Ty OlssonMitchell Laurio
Alfonso QuijadaFederal Bldg. Cleaning Twin #1
Rene QuijadaFederal Bldg. Cleaning Twin #2
Brad LoreeStryker at age 40
Sheri G. FeldmanAugmentation Room Doctor
Connor WiddowsJones
Daniel CudmorePiotr Rasputin / Colossus
Peter WingfieldStryker Soldier Lyman
Charles SiegelDr. Shaw
Steve BacicDr. Hank McCoy
Michael Reid MacKayJason 143
James KirkRonny Drake
Jill TeedMadeline Drake
Alf HumphreysWilliam Drake
Michasha ArmstrongPlastic Prison Guard
Robert HayleyCop
Mark LukynCop #1 (Lead Cop)
Kendall CrossCop #2
Keely PurvisLittle Girl 143
Dylan KussmanStryker Soldier Wilkins
Jason WhitmerStryker Soldier Smith
Aaron PearlStryker Soldier
Aaron DouglasStryker Soldier
Colin LawrenceStryker Soldier
Richard C. BurtonStryker Soldier
Michael JoycelynStryker Soldier
Nolan Gerard FunkX-Kid (captured)
Devin Douglas DrewitzX-Kid (captured)
Jermaine LopezX-Kid (captured)
Sideah AlladiceX-Kid (captured)
Kurt Max RunteChief of Staff Abrahams
Benjamin GlendayCameraman
Lori StewartF-16 Fighter Pilot
Ted FriendNews Reporter
Mi-Jung LeeNews Reporter
Marrett GreenNews Reporter
Jill KropNews Reporter
Brian PeckNews Reporter
Layke AndersonBlond X-Kid Dressed in Blue
Aaron AtkinsMutant
Mike DopudPlastic Prison Guard
Emily HirstIce Cream Girl
David KayeTV Host
Blake MawsonX Kid #5
Darren McGuireStryker Soldier Logan Stabs in Foot
Mike MitchellGuard
Jade RamseyTwin X-Kid
Nikita RamseyTwin X-Kid
Newton Thomas SigelCop
Bryan SingerPrison Security Officer
Valerie TianX-Kid at Museum
Shaina Tianne UngerXavier’s Student

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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