Sad news for fans of the ‘X-Men’ franchise, leading men and fan favorites Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen won’t be reprising their roles of Magneto and Professor X. It was Patrick Stewart that confirmed the news that he and McKellen wouldn’t be returning for the next installment as the film stands right now.
Stewart was giving an interview with Larry King on “Larry King Now” when he said, “I was learning quite a lot more about it last night and it is going to be looking very much at the earlier lives of all our characters.” The full interview will air this Wednesday at 11 a.m. PT for those interested in hearing more on the project.
Stewart then added, “I don’t think we’ll be making an appearance.” The film could allow a change down the road, the last film “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” used time-traveling to allow both Stewart’s Professor X and McKellen’s Magneto to star in the film alongside the younger versions of the same characters (played by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender). If flashbacks or flash-forwards are in the new film maybe we will see the two stars.
This doesn’t rule out Professor X or Magneto to appear in “Gambit” or “Deadpool,” both films share a universe with “X-Men” and will be a spinoff of a later X-Men installment expected to hit theaters over the next few years. The next film, “X-Men: Apocalypse”, will be directed by Bryan Singer, and will hit theaters on May 27, 2016.