26 January 2013 4:54 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

The cast of Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past tonight expanded by three names.

Singer tweeted that Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore had joined the production, which starts filming in April.

Paquin played Rogue in the original trilogy alongside Ashmore's Iceman, while Page was cast as Kitty Pryde aka Shadowcat in Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand.

Singer said he was "very excited" to welcome the trio and, referring to the fact their characters were among the survivors in The Last Stand, added: "Thank you Brett Ratner for letting them live."

Already cast in the film are Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman, alongside X-Men: First Class actors Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence.

Actors have been playing it cool over their involvement in the new film, with Ashmore quoted a week ago as saying he had "no idea" if he was returning. »

- David Bentley

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