January Jones has recently stated that she doesn’t know if she’ll be back for the sequel to X-Men: First Class, and of course this has related corner of the internet in a tizzy. But is it really time to worry/rejoice?
I don’t think so. She herself said that she didn’t get the first script until she was en route to filming. There’s still plenty of time for her to get contacted - several other key players have yet to state anything like official involvement, and we’re certainly expecting some of them to appear, otherwise there won’t be much of a movie. (Okay, some could watch young and old Charles and Erik banter for quite awhile, but let’s face it, that wouldn’t make for a blockbuster movie).
I think, considering the set-up in Emma’s last scene of First Class, that it would be extremely strange and poor planning for her not to appear in the sequel at all. Of course, there’s been some changes in the director’s chair, so we may loose some continuity there, but still, I would be extremely surprised if we didn’t see Emma in the next film.
Plus, there’s another possibility, and that is that they may be thinking of recasting Emma. No offense to Jones (who has certainly earned a name for herself on Mad Men), but she did not seem to fit the shoes of the unflappable diamond telepath. I for one have been hoping since the film came out that they’d recast for a sequel - or at least drastically amp up her character.