Originally Posted by Angamb
It was smart to announce Patrick, Ian and Hugh before the rest, including Halle. Because now that the fans are excited with all the characters announced to date, a Halle announcement now wouldnt piss the haters as much as it would have done if she would have been the very first name, back on October/Nov.
Well, the four top billed actors of the original trilogy were Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry. By time X3 rolled around, Jackman and Berry were the franchise's top billed stars. And--love her or hate her--Halle Berry is this franchise's lead actress--even over Famke Janssen or Anna Paquin (she certainly made more than them salary-wise). FOX even manipulated screen-time in X3 for her at the expense of Famke--who should've rightfully had more as Dark Phoenix. So it makes total sense to secure the fanbase with 3 of the four big names up front. Hopefully they'll close the deal with Berry's inclusion.