We already know that X-Men: Days of Future Past combines the X-Men: First Class cast (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult) with members of the original X-Men franchise (Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry). As it turns out, there is one more mutant fans can look forward to, with newcomer Evan Jonigkeit making his feature debut as the younger Toad, who was played by martial arts expert Ray Park in the original X-Men.
When asked what he did to prepare for the role at the premiere of HBO's Girls (the actor is dating Girls star Zosia Mamet), Evan Jonigkeit said he delved into the comic books, while hinting that this sequel will tell Toad's origin story.
I read a lot of the comic books. I found out the storyline of my character, who is Toad. X-Men fans will know that Ray Park played him in the first movie, so it's a generation story of how he came to be. It's really cool."
Ray Park's Toad was one of the right-hand men of Ian McKellen's Magneto in the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in the 2000 blockbuster X-Men. With the younger Toad's inclusion in this story, which is set in the 1970s, it seems possible that the Brotherhood may be formed in this follow-up.
When asked to comment about Toad's look in the sequel, he only teased that the character will have a different look, adding that the tone is much darker than previous X-Men movies.
"The aesthetics of the character are much different, and I'm not really allowed to say a whole lot more than that. It's darker. I would say it's a darker tone."
The young actor, whose previous credits include a number of short films and an episode of As the World Turns, also shared how he first learned about landing the role.
"It's really exciting, and I was so stoked to be working with all of those people. It was a really crazy experience. I had just switched agencies, and it was the first audition I went on with the new agency, and I got this phone call. It was bizarre. I was freaking out. I called my parents, the whole thing. It was so exciting."
When asked if he has seen the previous X-Men films, he had this to say, adding that this sequel is bigger than the rest.
"Oh yeah, I was a huge nerd, but this one is bigger and better than all of them."
Does Toad's casting mean that a younger version of Sabretooth, originally played by Tyler Mane, will be a part of this story as well? It's also interesting to note that the news comes just a few weeks after we learned that X-Men star Anna Paquin's character Rogue has been cut out of the film.