While speaking with Oregon Live, Patrick Stewart dropped a few hints about both his and Ian McKellen's future with the X-Men franchise. While 2016's "X-Men: Apocalypse" may be a sequel to last year's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," which saw Stewart and McKellen return to the roles of Professor X and Magneto once again, Stewart has made it clear in a number of interviews that he will not be back for the 1980s-set follow-up.
"Yes, I understand that it seems to be very unlikely that I will be in the next 'X-Men' movie, which is almost getting ready to start shooting in Montreal," Stewart told Oregon Live. This falls in line with what he told Larry King in an interview last month. But just because Xavier isn't appearing in "Apocalypse" doesn't mean Ian McKellen's Master of Magnetism is out of the picture as well. "But Magneto, Ian McKellen, is certainly going to be in it," added Stewart.
This detail contradicts what Stewart previously said and -- if true -- is a head-scratching development for the still mysterious "X-Men: Apocalypse." It's been stated that "Apocalypse" will be wholly set in the 1980s and not feature any time-traveling. This is why the roles of Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm were all recast with younger actors. As revealed in a Hollywood Reporter article last November, Michael Fassbender is expected to return as the younger version of Magneto.
In addition to the possible update on McKellen's next move, Stewart also dropped a hint about his next outing as Professor X. "And what I'm very excited about is that we have been talking about a Wolverine movie, which would team Hugh Jackman and myself together. Wolverine and Professor Xavier. That would be a very different sort of 'X-Men' from the four movies that I've already done." Stewart had very small cameos in 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and 2013's "The Wolverine."
"X-Men: Apocalypse" opens on May 27, 2016. The untitled third "Wolverine" film is expected in theaters in 2017.