Patrick Stewart And Ian McKellen Won't Appear In 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Fans hoping that the original Professor X and Magneto would grace the screen once again will be waiting longer than the next major X-Men movie.

In a new interview with Larry King posted at Yahoo! Movies, actor Patrick Stewart confirms that he and his old friend will not be appearing in director Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse. "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," the original Professor X explained.

The question over whether the pair would return one more time has been floating since the last installment, Days of Future Past, conquered the box office, and Stewart himself expressed interest in returning as recently as April.

But with the stated goal of X-Men: Apocalypse being a finale for the trilogy that started with X-Men: First Class, it appears that James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender will be the only Professor X and Magneto around. The film will be set in the '80s and reteams the younger mutant leaders with Jennifer Lawrence and Evan Peters while a slew of young actors are rumored to be in the running for teen versions of other classic mutants.

X-Men: Apocalypse begins filming this April in Montreal, and it is set for release May 27, 2016.

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