We’ve known for some time that the upcoming third ‘Wolverine’ solo movie will be Hugh Jackman’s final performance in his signature role – but it seems Jackman may not be the only ‘X-Men’ veteran making his swansong on the as-yet untitled sequel.
Patrick Stewart says he anticipates that the film may also mark his last appearance as the X-Men patriarch Professor Charles Xavier.
The 76-year old British actor tells ITV, “I can’t say because I don’t know, but I would imagine this is probably the end of this franchise for me.
“But the thing about science fiction and fantasy is that you can never, ever say it’s the end, it’s over.”
Reminded that his character had already been killed off once (in 2006′s now-lamented ‘X-Men 3: The Last Stand’), Stewart nodded, “yes, I have; Jean Grey vapourised me, from which you would think there would be no return.
“But watch out, in March I’m going to be back on the screen again!”
Stewart also teased he would be portraying “a very different Charles Xavier, that’s all I’m allowed to say; nothing like the Charles Xavier you’ve seen in the past.”
Stewart appeared as Xavier in the first three ‘X-Men’ movies, but looked to be out of the picture for a while when James McAvoy was introduced as his younger counterpart in 2011 prequel ‘X-Men: First Class.’
However, Stewart reprised the role with a brief end credits cameo on ‘The Wolverine,’ followed by a more significant appearance – including a scene alongside McAvoy – in 2014’s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’
Little has been revealed about the third ‘Wolverine’ movie, but it sees the return of ‘The Wolverine’ director James Mangold, and is thought to be based loosely on Mark Millar’s popular story ‘Old Man Logan.’ It is also reported that, following the success of ‘Deadpool,’ this film will also be aiming for an R-rating.
Whether it’s Stewart’s last time as Xavier or not, fans of the series won’t want to miss it when it hits UK cinemas on 2 March 2017.
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