X-Men: The Last Stand (USA 2006)

Director:

Brett Ratner

Writer:

Zak Penn, Simon Kinberg

Executive producer:

Kevin Feige, Stan Lee, John Palermo

Producer:

Avi Arad, Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter

 

 

Cast:

 

Patrick Stewart

Professor Charles Xavier

Ian McKellen

Eric Lensherr / Magneto

Halle Berry

Ororoo Munroe / Storm

Famke Jansen

Dr. Jean Grey / Phoenix

Anna Paquin

Marie / Rogue

Kelsey Grammar

Dr. Hank McCoy / Beast

Shawn Ashmore

Booby Drake / Iceman

Ellen Page

Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat

Ben Foster

Warren Worthington / Angel

Rebecca Romijn

Raven Darkholme / Mystique

Aaron Stanford

John Allerdyce / Pyro

James Marsden

Scott Summers / Cyclops

Dania Ramirez

Callisto

Daniel Cudmore

Peter Rasputin / Colossus

 

(Complete Cast & Crew)

X-Men: The Last Stand

Ellen Page Online Movie Rating:

 


Genre:

Sci-Fi Thriller

Runtime:

104 minutes

Language:

English

Budget:

US $210,000,000

Filming dates:

24th July - 23rd December 2005

Filming locations:

British Columbia, Canada / San Francisco, California, USA / Santa Clarita, California, USA

Rating:

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence, some sexual content and language

World premiere:

22nd May 2006 (Cannes Film Festival, France)

Company / Studio:

20th Century Fox, Marvel Enterprises, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and others

Official websites:

www.x3movie.com / www.x-menthelaststand.com

IMDb website:

www.imdb.com/title/tt0376994

DVD premiere:

3rd October 2006 (USA, Region Code 1, Warner Bros.) (click here to see more DVD releases)


Downloads:

 

English Press Kit

(PDF Document, 209 KB)

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X-Men: The Last Stand - Theme

(MP3 Audio, 760 KB)

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Plot:

In "X-Men: The Last Stand," the climax of the "X-Men" motion picture trilogy, a "cure" for mutancy threatens to alter the course of history. For the first time, mutants have a choice: retain their uniqueness, though it isolates and alienates them, or give up their powers and become human. The opposing viewpoints of mutant leaders Charles Xavier, who preaches tolerance, and Magneto, who believes in the survival of the fittest, are put to the ultimate test – triggering the war to end all wars.

Background Information:

Ellen belonged to the last actors cast for X-Men 3. Director Ratner discovered her when watching her extraordinary performance in Hard Candy and wanted her immediately for the role of the Kitty Pryde. Although others were already standing in line for the role to get, Ellen rejected the offered role for the surprise of all involved at first, because she rather wanted to participate further in Independent films. But Ratner, which did not relent, gave her the film script and asked her to reconsider the decision. After reading the film script Ellen more and more liked the role in X-Men 3 and followed to the Cast.

Kitty Pryde, a young mutant, which by phase shift, embodies Ellen to dematerialise herself and can get through any subject. Walls, covers and other articles are no obstacles for her any more. In time she also learns to phase other objects and even persons with her and to manipulate or influence them that way. It is simultaneous possible for her to „runs“ in the air and thus overcome gravity. Due to her later training in different kinds of combat she becomes a feared close-quarter-combat fighter and a valuable companion.

Kitty already had a short appearance in the first two X-Men movies by the actresses Katie Stuart and Sumela, however, only now in the third film she becomes a full-finished member of the X-Men and forms „the last resistance “ on first front. Kitty Pryde enjoys a high reputation among the X-Men fans and has generally a good image. She owes that not only to the separate and very popular Plots around Wolverine and her or the independent story with Spiderman, but to the human component which she was given by the script writers. In X-Men Ellen shows herself to a large international public for the first time and there is no doubt to the fact that the third part of the mutant saga will be her big break-through.

Awards:

  • Best Supporting Actress (Famke Janssen, Saturn Award, 2007 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films)
  • Make-Up of the Year (Kris Evans, Hollywood Film Award, 2006 Hollywood Film Festival)
  • Best Visual Effects (Sierra Award, 2006 Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards)
  • Best Film Editing (Mark Helfrich, Mark Goldblatt, Julia Wong, Satellite Award, 2006 Satellite Awards)

Facts:

  • Ian McKellen (Eric Lensherr/Magneto) and Patrick Stewart (Professor Charles Xavier) had 20 years shaved off their features for the opening sequence. The filmmakers used digital technology to match current features to those in old photos
  • To create the Golden Gate Bridge sequence, the art department built a full-scale section of the bridge that was about the size of a basketball court (94 feet). The rest of the bridge and the background was digital
  • The bridge scene is based on the scene in "New X-Men" #147 involving the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges rather than the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Instead of high-dollar CGI to create Colossus' transformation, a reflective form-fitting bodysuit was created for and worn by Daniel Cudmore in some scenes
  • Maggie Grace was originally cast as Kitty Pryde but was replaced with Ellen Page after the filmmakers discovered that she was too old for the role
  • Ellen Page initially turned down the role of Kitty Pryde. Brett Ratner had to call her personally and have her read the script. She then agreed
  • Summer Glau auditioned for the role of Kitty Pryde. She looked to Joss Whedon, who gave her a part in Firefly and Serenity, for advice because she knew he was a big X-Men fan, unaware that he had written the "Astonishing X-Men" comic book for Marvel, featuring the storyline about the mutant cure. Her audition script turned out to be pages from issue 5 of Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men book
  • Has the biggest Memorial Day boy-office opening ever, until the record was beaten by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  • SPOILER: The final scene of Magneto, in which he is able to use his powers to move the chess piece, as well as the coda after the credits where Professor X speaks to Moira MacTaggert, were not in the script, but secretly added during filming. Both Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart admitted that even they, the actors, didn't know if the scenes would appear in the final edit until they saw the finished film
  • Angel's wings were initially too heavy for Ben Foster, and were remade from foam

Quotes:

  • "She has a substantial role in the film. She is an essential part of the biggest action sequences, and she uses her phasing powers in ways you’ve never seen on film. Also, she is part of an emotional subplot in the movie. She’s a smart, wise-cracking, pretty fearless girl. Just like the comics" (writer Simon Kinberg on Kitty Pryde; Source: www.thexverse.com)
     
  • "Kitty is an extremely intelligent young woman. She's ferocious, brave and a good role model for young women. The suit is pretty surreal. It's a little confining to be honest. But this is X-Men. It's how they look. I remember shooting the first scene where we were all in our costumes. It was unbelievable, but you get used to it. I have to admit it's pretty cool. I mean, here I am, playing a superhero." (Ellen Page on Kitty Pryde; Source: www.justjared.com)
     
  • "It’s different and you have to understand that it’s different. You have to look at it with a different perspective and know that one, yeah, it’s a little more action-orientated and the other is not so much. So in X-Men, yeah, I wear a leather suit and run through explosions. Who gets to do that? It’s fun and I’m grateful for it. I don’t know. It’s just about changing your perspective and it’s cool to do something that’s the complete opposite, or something that you never thought you’d be doing. It’s kind of the only reason to do it.” (Ellen Page on her experiences on the set; Source: movies.about.com)

Release Dates:
 

Country

Date

Festival / Event / Location / Comment

France

22nd May 2006

Cannes Film Festival

Kuwait

24th May 2006

 

Belgium

24th May 2006

 

The World

24th May 2006

Worldwide Release

The World

25th May 2006

Worldwide Release

The World

26th May 2006

Worldwide Release

Indiea

2nd June 2006

 

Macedonia

10th June 2006

 

South Korea

15th June 2006

 

Taiwan

16th June 2006

 

Vietnam

4th August 2006

 

China

8th September 2006

 

Japan

9th September 2006

 

United Kingdom

2nd October 2006

DVD release

USA

3rd October 2006

DVD release

Canada

3rd October 2006

DVD release

Germany

23rd October 2006

DVD release

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