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Patrick Stewart & Ian McKellen not in X-Men: Apocalypse

Those X-Men movies keep on trucking along, like it or not. X-Men: Days of Future Past was surprisingly very good, but after the film ended it felt like it was time to try something different with the franchise. Maybe move on to some new mutants, something like that? But that is not to be, and the franchise will continue with (mostly) the same characters. One thing it won’t continue with though is the same actors, as Patrick Stewart related to everyone’s favorite 300 year-old-man Larry King. In between sips of the magical elixir that keeps him alive, King asked Stewart if he was going to be in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, the next film in the franchise.

To which Stewart replied:

“No. Nor Sir Ian McKellen, either…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.”

X-Men: Apocalypse is set in the 1980s, and was always planned to feature the prequel actors who were set up in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. In that film, James McAvoy played the younger version of Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier, with Michael Fassbender playing a younger take on Ian McKellen’s Magneto. Days of Future Past had the old-men and younger-men versions, what with its time travel shenanigans. But since there’s no time travel going on in Apocalypse, there’s no need for the Sir’s.

It’s not really such a bad thing, because as great as Stewart and McKellen always are, and as great as it is to see them working together, they really didn’t do a whole lot in Days of Future Past. They mostly stood around in the grim future segment, while all the action took place in the past. It’s par for the course for this franchise, where the only constant is going to be Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine–a character and actor that 20th Century Fox will never, ever give up without a fight. So look for him in Apocalypse! Also look for Jennifer Lawrence, who will have a much bigger part in the film than the previous installments, since she’s risen to be one of the biggest stars amongst the cast. Also look for Cut Print Film favorite Oscar Isaac, who will be playing the titular supervillain.

X-Men: Apocalypse hits May 27, 2016.

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Chris Evangelista is the Executive Editor of Cut Print Film & co-host of the Cut Print Film Podcast. He also contributes to /Film, The Film Stage, Birth.Movies.Death, The Playlist, Paste Magazine, Little White Lies and O-Scope Musings. 'The House on Creep Street' and 'Beware the Monstrous Manther!', two horror books for young readers Chris co-authored with J. Tonzelli, are available wherever books are sold. You can follow him on Twitter @cevangelista413 and view his portfolio at chrisevangelista.net

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