Re: 'X-men: DOFP' Official CAST Thread (announcements and discussion)
Well all of them were introduced before in the movies and none of them died in X3. I don't think it has something to do with staying true to the line-up of the comic version.
With Colossus coming back, the roster looks like what would FOX do if X4 was made after X3. Besides the 4 new cast members, all of the characters confirmed right now appeared in X3.
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THE RETURN OF THE X-MEN
Angel Bishop Colossus Cyclops Iceman Phoenix ProfessorX Psylocke Rogue Shadowcat Storm Wolverine
X4 (5.23.14) | THE SAGA CONTINUES | X5 (5.27.16)