Vaughn backed away from the project earlier this month, but will still receive a producer credit. Singer, who produced First Class, will now be calling the shots Days Of Future Past, which presumably means he’ll be directing two films in a row starring Nicholas Hoult – the lead in Jack The Giant Slayer (due for release in March next year) and the Beast/Hank McCoy in the X-Men prequels (although his return isn’t 100% confirmed yet).
Singer directed the first two X-Men films before he swapped his comics allegiance and tried to reboot the big screen Superman franchise with Superman Returns.
Days Of Future Past, which is currently scheduled for a July 2014 release, will see the return of Michael Fassbender as Magneto, James McAvoy as Professor X and Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique. The plot is partly based on the storyline from Uncanny X-Men issues 141-142 from 1982 (which also inspired the the season one episode of Heroes set in the future) in which the X-Men have to prevent a nightmare future in which mutants are hunted by Sentinels.