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Following a screening of "X2: X-Men United" for the Society of Composers and Lyricists Tuesday night (July 15), director Bryan Singer revealed that he has just finished writing a treatment for a third film based on the Marvel comic book series. While details are still fuzzy, here's what we know so far: The film will likely be centered more on Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) story and Jean Grey's (Famke Janssen) transformation, while Storm (Halle Berry) may be completely absent or only appear in a cameo performance. Actors already signed on for a sequel include: Jackman (Wolverine), Janssen (Jean Grey), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Aaron Stanford (Pyro), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), James Marsden (Cyclops), Alan Cumming (Nightcrawler), Rebecca Romijn (Mystique), Daniel Cudmore (Collossus) and Kelly Hu, whose character Lady Deathstrike appeared to have died in the last film.

Not signed on yet: Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, who will both likely wait for a completed script before signing on. New X-Men characters who might appear: rumors have circulated about Angel, Beast (who may be a CGI character) and Gambit (Rogue's boyfriend in the comic book series) being introduced into the film version. Bridgette Wilson is rumored to be up for Emma Frost, while Gwen Stefani of No Doubt has expressed interest in playing Dazzler and Kate Beckinsale may play Psylocke -- although since the treatment was just completed, it seems entirely too early for casting to be taking place.

Singer is not yet signed on to helm "X-Men 3," although the fact that he is writing a treatment makes it more than likely that he will be returning to the helm for the sequel. In the meantime, he and "X2" editor and composer John Ottman recently worked together on two Coke commercials, and the director says he is actively looking for a new project to helm before "X-Men 3" gets underway.

Original article: Zap2it.com

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