As "X-Men: Apocalypse" draws closer to its May 27, 2016 release, the final film in the latest Fox "X-Men" trilogy is shaping up to be a finale in more ways than one.
E! Online has a report from SXSW where Beast actor Nicholas Hoult talks about his future with the franchise after the Bryan Singer-helmed sequel, and it doesn't seem to be much of a future at all.
"This is the last one I'm signed up for," Hoult said, noting that the end of his contract isn't an eternal deal breaker for him. "The first one did so well and [Days of Future Past] got received so brilliantly," Hoult said. "It's like, 'Wow, people really want to see the films' and the best thing is it's a great crew and cast to work with and he's a fun character. I have a good time playing him so I'd keep making them."
The actor is quoted as saying also that this final film in the period piece trio will focus more on Beast's relationship to Mystique as "First Class" did. That certainly seems to indicate a full finale for the '60s to '80s X-Cast, and even if more were willing to jump into more future sequels, big name stars like Jennifer Lawrence may be outside the studio's longterm price range.
The question of what will happen with the "X-Men" franchise doesn't need an immediate answer with solo films in the offing for Wolverine, Deadpool and Gambit. But as those productions become more real, the question is out there as to what will become of Professor Xavier and the classic X-Men lineup. Will Patrick Stewart return as the end of "Days of Future Past" allowed him to, or will Fox be forced to recast the franchise from the ground up all over again? Only time will tell how the franchise will evolve.