X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Adds French Actor Omar Sy for Unknown Role

Bryan Singer returns to the director's chair of the film franchise he helped launch in the upcoming sequel to last summer's X-Men: First Class, which is scheduled for theatrical release in 2014.

'Days of Future Past' is a Marvel Comics storyline published in 1981 that deals with a dystopian, alternative future in which mutants are hunted down by government controlled robots (Sentinels) and incarcerated in internment camps. An older Kitty Pryde transfers her mind into the younger, present-day Kitty Pryde, who brings the X-Men to prevent a fatal moment in history which triggers anti-mutant hysteria.

X-Men: Days of Future Past stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. Bryan Singer (X-Men, X-Men 2, Superman Returns and Jack the Giant Slayer) will direct the film off a screenplay by Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, This Means War, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).

Director Singer has once again taken to Twitter to announce a casting: Omar Sy, star of the critically acclaimed The Intouchables. The film, which is the second highest grossing of all time in the French box office, garnered him a César Award for Best Actor and a nomination for a Satellite Award for Best Actor. There's no word yet what character he was been tapped to play.

Production is set to begin this Spring in Canada. 20th Century Fox has scheduled the film for theatrical release on July 18th, 2014.