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Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen will not return for X-Men: Apocalypse

01.21.2015
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Patrick Stewart is working more now in his 70s than he did when he was a younger man. With his returning role as Professor X in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, a stage run with friend Ian McKellen, the new film MATCH hitting theaters, and the upcoming Seth McFarlane sitcom BLUNT TALK on the way, it is a wonder that the guy still finds time for public appearances related to his tenure on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION and more.

Well, it looks like we may be able to cut one project off of his upcoming slate as Stewart told Larry King during an appearance on the Ora TV talk show Larry King Now that he and McKellen will not reprise their roles as Xavier and Magneto in next year's X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.

“It is gonna be looking very much at the earlier lives of all our characters, so I don’t think we’ll be making an appearance.”

This should come as no surprise based on what we have heard thus far from Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer, but I would never say never as this is planned as the final entry in the NEW CLASS trilogy. So, if there will be no return for the cast after this film, which has not been stated yet, why not go for one last hurrah?

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE opens in theaters on May 27, 2016.

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Source: Ora TV

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4:45AM on 01/22/2015
In another time we may never have gotten to see them again at all... At least the studio tried to make up for the way they messed up with earlier films... DOFP seemed a fitting enough send off...
In another time we may never have gotten to see them again at all... At least the studio tried to make up for the way they messed up with earlier films... DOFP seemed a fitting enough send off...
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8:21PM on 01/21/2015
That's too bad but I do hope they'd make cameo roles somehow.
That's too bad but I do hope they'd make cameo roles somehow.
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6:35PM on 01/21/2015
It makes sense considering the time period Apocalypse is set in and the fact that it will all be the X-Men in their younger years. But I wouldn't rule out a cameo towards the end of the film.

But my question is if this is the last entry in the First Class trilogy then what's the endgame for the entire franchise? Do they bring in Mr. Sinister next or wait to see how Gambit, Deadpool, and Wolverine 3 all do at the box office? Or do they completely reboot?
It makes sense considering the time period Apocalypse is set in and the fact that it will all be the X-Men in their younger years. But I wouldn't rule out a cameo towards the end of the film.

But my question is if this is the last entry in the First Class trilogy then what's the endgame for the entire franchise? Do they bring in Mr. Sinister next or wait to see how Gambit, Deadpool, and Wolverine 3 all do at the box office? Or do they completely reboot?
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7:33AM on 01/22/2015
Although I've enjoyed them, these films feel a bit like they're making it up as they go along when they are put together. A lot of that will be because of Singer's exit after X2 and the semi-reboot. Enjoyed them as single movies but they feel quite disjointed as a whole for me. To be honest I wouldn't mind a break and a complete do over. I think it would be refreshing for the franchise.
Although I've enjoyed them, these films feel a bit like they're making it up as they go along when they are put together. A lot of that will be because of Singer's exit after X2 and the semi-reboot. Enjoyed them as single movies but they feel quite disjointed as a whole for me. To be honest I wouldn't mind a break and a complete do over. I think it would be refreshing for the franchise.
5:31PM on 01/21/2015

DOFP was a nice send-off

I felt like Stewart's and McKellen's versions of Prof X and Magneto had the nice little tie up in DOFP. "All those years wasted fighting each other." It made for nice end. Adding more would just kill that moment I think.
I felt like Stewart's and McKellen's versions of Prof X and Magneto had the nice little tie up in DOFP. "All those years wasted fighting each other." It made for nice end. Adding more would just kill that moment I think.
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5:28PM on 01/21/2015
Nice. They can make some real movies instead.
Nice. They can make some real movies instead.
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5:27PM on 01/21/2015

I'll live...

Doesn't bug me none, they will bring them back in future movies.
Doesn't bug me none, they will bring them back in future movies.
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