Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Won’t Return for “X-Men: Apocalypse”

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by Justin Cook

Fans of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as Professor X and Magneto in the X-Men film franchise may be disappointed to hear that neither actor will appear in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse.

During an interview with Larry King, Patrick Stewart delivered the news. King asked if he would be in the next X-Men film, to which Stewart replied, “No. Nor Sir Ian McKellen, either.”

He further expanded by saying, “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. And so I don’t think we’ll be making an appearance.”

While this does not rule out seeing Stewart and McKellen in future X-Men films, the fact that these two actors will not be in Apocalypse is a bit of a surprise considering that both actors have appeared in a majority of the films in the X-Men franchise.

It had been known that the filmmakers wanted to skew younger with the cast of the film, but fans love when these actors reprise their roles as their characters. Watching them onscreen is always a delight, and although in some films they have bigger roles than others, both actors never fail to make their screen time count.

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender will once again play the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto in Apocalypse, as they did in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Evan Peters, Nicholas Hoult and more will also star in the film.

Bryan Singer, who is set to direct the film, was reportedly also looking for younger versions of characters such as Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm a couple of months ago.

Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris and Simon Kinberg will be scripting Apocalypse, which will begin filming sometime during April 2015 in Montreal.

X-Men: Apocalypse will be released in theaters on May 27, 2016.

Source: Larry King Now (via Yahoo News)

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