Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart Are Not Part of 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

January 19, 2015

Patrick Stewart & Ian McKellen

Last year X-Men: Days of Future Past brought together the casts of X-Men: First Class and the original X-Men trilogy with a time travel storyline that took place in the distant future and also the groovy 70s. With X-Men: Apocalypse, we already know the story takes place in the 80s, but that didn't mean time travel wouldn't come back into play. However, it doesn't look like there will be anything happening in the future timeline this time as Patrick Stewart (Professor X) sat down with an interview Larry King (via Yahoo Movies) and confirmed that neither he nor Ian McKellen (Magneto) will be appearing in the 2016 sequel.

When asked about any involvement in X-Men: Apocalypse, Stewart said:

"No. Nor Sir Ian McKellen, either. 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."

Of course, that doesn't mean that there couldn't be some future set post-credits scene or something like that, so maybe we shouldn't count out the possibility entirely. Anyway, it's clear that X-Men: Apocalypse will continue the timeline with the X-Men: First Class cast, and we already know that familiar mutants like Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm will be getting involved this time, though casting is still underway for the younger versions of those characters. We're certainly interested to see how the relationship between Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) develops this time. Stay tuned.

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i think many fans misinterpreted the ending of DOFP it was'nt a the original cast is back hell yeah more OC movies no it was more of a closure scene a family reunion this series will focus on first class cast for the future and it makes sense

HG2012 on Jan 19, 2015


Can Fassbender rock the glitter glove and Thriller jacket? Coolest villian ever.

mooreworthy on Jan 19, 2015


Sorta makes sense in my head. Since the movie will take place in the 80s, we're lookin' at a return of the younger First Class crew. It's sorta like a new "the dream, reborn" sorta timeline now. Now we get to see everything that leads into the present day.

jygsaw on Jan 19, 2015


Not surprising. I don't think Apocalypse will end up being bigger than Days of Future Past. They put together the biggest cast/concept they could possibly put together for that film. Time travel, sentinels, original and First Class cast, etc Apocalypse isn't going to have as much of a 'novelty factor' to grab attention.

Chris Groves on Jan 19, 2015


in terms of cameos Apocalypse might not be bigger but the stakes that occur in the Apocalypse storylines are waay bigger than DOFP

desispeed on Jan 20, 2015


Sure, but DOFP was the biggest film they could put together in terms of commercial appeal. A cast that was A-list top to bottom, filled with stars from previous X-men films, other big franchises, and even huge hit TV shows. It properly debuted the sentinels, and finally adapted a storyline fans had been dying to see for years. It brought together two different eras of X-Men. Sure, Apocalypse is a big deal, and they are going to have all kinds of epic, disaster-movie style imagery in the film...but the novelty of the cast, plus a movie that has superheroes, giant robots, and time travel all wrapped up in one....Apocalypse isn't really going to be able to boast any of that.

Chris Groves on Jan 22, 2015


I think the Fassbender and McAvoy characters HAVE to still be at odds . as not much should have changed between DOFP and XM:A to make them buddies YET .Bonding to stop Apocalypse may be the beginning of that , for this crew ... the REAL issue to debate with this movie , will come when we find out who Apocalypse is going to turn to the "dark side" , if it isn't just a new version of Angel .. and if that is teased to be permanent ...

Dominic on Jan 20, 2015

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