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Casting changes for X-Men: Days of Future Past and Inherent Vice: January Jones and Robert Downey Jr are out

Jan. 24, 2013by: Alex Maidy

We have two casting changes for pretty big films. One of them makes me a little sad, but gives me hope for the project anyway. The other involves January Jones.

First up, it looks like Robert Downey, Jr. will not be working with Paul Thomas Anderson after all. The pair were set to work on INHERENT VICE, based on the Thomas Pynchon novel. The neo-noir film that takes place in Miami would have featured Downey as a pot-smoking detective alongside a slew of characters with quirky, original names, from Shasta Fay Hepworth and Riggs Warbling to Japonica Fenway and Adrian Prussia.

But, don't get too sad. It looks like PT Anderson alum Joaquin Phoenix may be stepping into the vacated role. Phoenix was nominated for an Oscar for his role in THE MASTER, so we know he and the director can get along. Hopefully this comes true because while I would have loved to see Downey take on the part, I am absolutely okay with Phoenix as a replacement.

On the other hand, the loss of January Jones in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is not a dealbreaker for me. Sure, she is pretty and looks the role of Emma Frost, but Jones is not that great of an actress. She came off as the wrong kind of cold in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. But, her absence may not be related to acting ability but rather the needs of the story.

Jones told MovieWeb "I don't know that I'm in it, I don't think Emma's in this one. Well they haven't told me if I am (laughs). I wouldn't put it past them though, I got the script for the first one on the airplane on the way there. It's called Days of Future Past I think, and I think it's more about James (McAvoy) and Michael (Fassbender) and then Patrick (Stewart) and Ian (McKellen), and I think it's gonna go back and forth with those so I don't think Emma's in those bits. I don't know, I really don't know."

Unless I am wrong, Emma Frost left with Magneto at the end of FIRST CLASS, so she would kind of be directly involved with him in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, assuming they don't write it off as something that happened between films. Whether recast or dropped from the sequel entirely, I am too excited for the dueling Magneto and Xaviers to worry about Betty Draper.

What do you think of the casting changes?

INHERENT VICE has no release date and X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is scheduled to open on july 18, 2014.

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7:56PM on 01/25/2013

Well... I'm bummed...

I'm sad to see RDJ drop out. I've been a fan of his for for a long time, and it's great to see that he's finally getting the career he's always deserved. But at least we've got Phoenix. He's a great actor, and while I don't enjoy him as much as Downey, I can't say I've ever been disappointed in anything he's done.

As far as January Jones goes, I'm pretty indifferent. I've never been all that impressed by her, but I thought she was satisfactory as Emma Frost. Not good or bad. She
I'm sad to see RDJ drop out. I've been a fan of his for for a long time, and it's great to see that he's finally getting the career he's always deserved. But at least we've got Phoenix. He's a great actor, and while I don't enjoy him as much as Downey, I can't say I've ever been disappointed in anything he's done.

As far as January Jones goes, I'm pretty indifferent. I've never been all that impressed by her, but I thought she was satisfactory as Emma Frost. Not good or bad. She served her purpose, looked great doing it, and helped propel the story. If she were to return, I can't say I'd care. If she weren't, I'm not sure I would either... But if they were to include the character but not keep Jones, I'd love to see Alice Eve fill her shoes. I think she's got great potential, she's got the looks, and I think if anyone else had to fill that part, there isn't a better choice than her.
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7:55PM on 01/25/2013

Well... I'm bummed...

I'm sad to see RDJ drop out. I've been a fan of his for for a long time, and it's great to see that he's finally getting the career he's always deserved. But at least we've got Phoenix. He's a great actor, and while I don't enjoy him as much as Downey, I can't say I've ever been disappointed in anything he's done.

As far as January Jones goes, I'm pretty indifferent. I've never been all that impressed by her, but I thought she was satisfactory as Emma Frost. Not good or bad. She
I'm sad to see RDJ drop out. I've been a fan of his for for a long time, and it's great to see that he's finally getting the career he's always deserved. But at least we've got Phoenix. He's a great actor, and while I don't enjoy him as much as Downey, I can't say I've ever been disappointed in anything he's done.

As far as January Jones goes, I'm pretty indifferent. I've never been all that impressed by her, but I thought she was satisfactory as Emma Frost. Not good or bad. She served her purpose, looked great doing it, and helped propel the story. If she were to return, I can't say I'd care. If she weren't, I'm not sure I would either... But if they were to include the character but not keep Jones, I'd love to see Alice Eve fill her shoes. I think she's got great potential, she's got the looks, and I think if anyone else had to fill that part, there isn't a better choice than her.
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7:45PM on 01/25/2013

Well... I'm bummed...

I'm sad to see RDJ drop out. I've been a fan of his for for a long time, and it's great to see that he's finally getting the career he's always deserved. But at least we've got Phoenix. He's a great actor, and while I don't enjoy him as much as Downey, I can't say I've ever been disappointed in anything he's done.

As far as January Jones goes, I'm pretty indifferent. I've never been all that impressed by her, but I thought she was satisfactory as Emma Frost. Not good or bad. She
I'm sad to see RDJ drop out. I've been a fan of his for for a long time, and it's great to see that he's finally getting the career he's always deserved. But at least we've got Phoenix. He's a great actor, and while I don't enjoy him as much as Downey, I can't say I've ever been disappointed in anything he's done.

As far as January Jones goes, I'm pretty indifferent. I've never been all that impressed by her, but I thought she was satisfactory as Emma Frost. Not good or bad. She served her purpose, looked great doing it, and helped propel the story. If she were to return, I can't say I'd care. If she weren't, I'm not sure I would either... But if they were to include the character but not keep Jones, I'd love to see Alice Eve fill her shoes. I think she's got great potential, she's got the looks, and I think if anyone else had to fill that part, there isn't a better choice than her.
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10:31AM on 01/25/2013
January Jones is an awful actress. I'm glad she's not back. Her role on Mad Men is wasted on her, they should have gotten someone else. Not a fan.
January Jones is an awful actress. I'm glad she's not back. Her role on Mad Men is wasted on her, they should have gotten someone else. Not a fan.
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8:02AM on 01/25/2013
Every time an X-Men movie comes out there's an announcement that somebody won't be reprising her role and this time it is not Halle Berry. Wait and see.
Every time an X-Men movie comes out there's an announcement that somebody won't be reprising her role and this time it is not Halle Berry. Wait and see.
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5:35AM on 01/25/2013

Dang, and Whoopie!

I really wish RDJ was still in, but maybe next time. I REALLY hate January Jones. She is such a bland personality and kind of a bad actress. I hope they find someone who isn't mono-toned...
I really wish RDJ was still in, but maybe next time. I REALLY hate January Jones. She is such a bland personality and kind of a bad actress. I hope they find someone who isn't mono-toned...
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10:34PM on 01/24/2013
I pictured Downey the entire time I was reading Inherent Vice. He would have been perfect. If he is still capable of toning down the eccentricity, Johnny Depp would be a good choice for the part.

January Jones--- Who cares? She was awful in 1st Class. It's a shame her boobs have to leave with her though. They did a great job.
I pictured Downey the entire time I was reading Inherent Vice. He would have been perfect. If he is still capable of toning down the eccentricity, Johnny Depp would be a good choice for the part.

January Jones--- Who cares? She was awful in 1st Class. It's a shame her boobs have to leave with her though. They did a great job.
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7:00PM on 01/24/2013

Give it to Alice Eve

She was originally supposed to be in it and she can give ten times more to that role than Jones did. Plus, she will look hot as hell in that costume.
She was originally supposed to be in it and she can give ten times more to that role than Jones did. Plus, she will look hot as hell in that costume.
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6:59PM on 01/24/2013
Losing Downey Jr. sucks. Was hoping to see him make the character his own because he would have been perfect for it. Phoenix I like so it won't be too bad.

Even though I was not a big fan of January Jones in First Class I do want her to come back for the sequels to keep continuity among the films.
Losing Downey Jr. sucks. Was hoping to see him make the character his own because he would have been perfect for it. Phoenix I like so it won't be too bad.

Even though I was not a big fan of January Jones in First Class I do want her to come back for the sequels to keep continuity among the films.
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5:33PM on 01/24/2013

You're quite definitive about that Jones "news"

She said she didn't know if she was in it and the movie hasn't start filming yet. Wait a bit before you announce she's not in it.
She said she didn't know if she was in it and the movie hasn't start filming yet. Wait a bit before you announce she's not in it.
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5:17PM on 01/24/2013
hotness aside, Jones was a dead fish in 1st Class and wont be missed. losing RDJ on the other hand, is never a good thing
hotness aside, Jones was a dead fish in 1st Class and wont be missed. losing RDJ on the other hand, is never a good thing
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4:53PM on 01/24/2013
As long as Days of Future Past is done well, I could care less if January Jones reprises or someone else takes over.
As long as Days of Future Past is done well, I could care less if January Jones reprises or someone else takes over.
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4:45PM on 01/24/2013
Jones was the worst thing about 'First Class' so big ups.
Jones was the worst thing about 'First Class' so big ups.
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