Stewart Says New Wolverine Film Will Probably Be His Last Go as Professor X

We've known for some time now that the upcoming, still-untitled third Wolverine film would most likely be Hugh Jackman's last entry as the clawed mutant, but Sir Patrick Stewart has revealed it might also be his final take on Professor Charles Xavier, as well.

"I would imagine this is probably the end of the franchise for me," he told ITV in an interview conducted at the University of Huddersfield. That said, he did leave a bit of wiggle room for the future. "But the thing about science fiction and fantasy is that you can never, ever say it's the end, it's over."

The venerated actor went on to tease that things would be slightly new this time around, just in case this is indeed his last time in the wheelchair, saying he will play a "very different Charles Xavier... nothing like the Charles Xavier you've seen in the past."

Stewart first donned Cerebro back in 2000 for the first "X-Men" film, and has since played the mutant professor for another five films. James McAvoy has played a younger version of Charles Xavier in the last four X-Men movies, starting with 2011's "X-Men: First Class." Both appeared in 2014's timeline-resetting "X-Men: Days of Future Past," which also marks Stewart's most recent outing. His seventh -- and potentially final -- appearance will be in the sequel to "The Wolverine," which is slated for release on March 3, 2017 from 20th Century Fox.

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