Professor X Is Part of "New Mutants," Says Simon Kinberg

According to writer/producer Simon Kinberg, Professor Charles Xavier plays a role in the most current version of the "New Mutants" script.

"Right now, as the movie exists, Professor X would be a part of a 'New Mutants' movie," Kinberg revealed to Collider. He also divulged Fox's goal to start filming the latest installment of the X-Men Cinematic Universe sometime next year.

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Josh Boone, who directed the 2014 film adaptation of "The Fault in Our Stars," is attached to direct "The New Mutants" as well as co-write the film; Knate Gwaltney will co-write with him, while Kinberg produces.

Although few details are known about the plot of the film, Boone has recently shared images of the original team lineup from the comics, along with later additions Magik and Warlock, hinting that these will be the main characters in the film. There's no word on who will play Professor X in the film; namely, whether it will be James MacAvoy, Patrick Stewart or someone new.

No release date has yet been announced for "The New Mutants," but "X-Men: Apocalypse" -- which is directed by Bryan Singer and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Oscar Isaac and many, many more -- arrives in theaters May 27. Fox currently has dates set for three untitled superhero movies on October 6, 2017, and January 12 and July 13, 2018.

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