Patrick Stewart has been discussing the ‘X-Men’ futures of himself and Ian McKellen.
The real-life BFFs have played Professor X and Magneto, with McKellen portraying the latter, for close to a decade and a half now. And during a discussion with Oregon Live, Stewart explained that McKellen with be reprising his role in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, but confirmed that he probably won’t feature.
“Yes, I understand that it seems to be very unlikely that I will be in the next ‘X-Men’ movie, which is almost getting ready to start shooting in Montreal. But Magneto, Ian McKellen, is certainly going to be in it,” Stewart declared.
But don’t fret all you die-hard Stewart fans out there. Because Stewart confirmed that he still has a future with the franchise as Professor X. That’s because he’s in talks to star in the next ‘Wolverine’ film alongside Hugh Jackman.
“And what I’m very excited about is that we have been talking about a Wolverine movie,” Stewart explained, before he went on to note that this film would team him up with Hugh Jackman’s character and would be “very different” from the quintet of ‘X-Men’ films he has starred in previously.
It’s interesting to hear that McKellen will be involved in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ after all. Especially in lieu of all the edits that were required to trim down ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’, which resulted in a number of beloved ‘X-Men’ characters having their screen-time severely reduced.
Michael Fassbender, who has played the younger incarnation of Magneto in both ‘X-Men: First Class’ and ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’, is destined to play a key role in ‘Apocalypse’ opposite James McAvoy’s Professor X.
This suggests that McKellen’s inclusion will see him appear courtesy of a flash-forward scene, or even via a time-travel aspect. Of course this is just pure speculation at the moment, but it would certainly make sense.
Meanwhile it’s good to hear that Stewart will return as Professor X. The actor has more than made the mutant character his own, and it will be great to see his always fantastic camaraderie with Jackman’s Wolverine extended.
We’ll see how McKellen will fare in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ when it is released on May 27, 2016, while the third solo ‘Wolverine’ film will follow on March 3, 2017.