No Patrick Stewart or Ian McKellen in Next X-MEN Film

Not Returning For X-Men Apocalypse

In an interview with Larry King (via Yahoo! Movies), Patrick Stewart revealed that the next film X-Men: Apocalypse will be done without him and Ian McKellen. The full episode of “Larry King Now” airs Wednesday at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET on

Here’s what Stewart said when asked if he will appear in the next X-Men film:

“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.”

Well, actually we learned this about a week ago when it was reported that the new film is looking to cast younger versions of Jean Grey (Phoenix), Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Ororo Monroe (Storm). And now it’s confirmed.

The follow-up to X-Men: Days of Future Past will take place in the 80s and once again be on the shoulders of James McAvoy (Charles Xavier) and Micheal Fassbender (Magneto). Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters are also expected to be back to play their roles as Mystique, Beast and Quicksilver.

I still expect the older Professor X and Magneto gonna have some cool credit scene or maybe we’ll see them in the new timeline in the extended edition. They both have appeared in every X-Men film 20th Century Fox has produced (except for Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class) and got pretty good send-offs in Days of Future Past. Stewart hasn’t rules out being a part of an X-Men spinoffs like Gambit, starring Channing Tatum, or Deadpool, with Ryan Reynolds, if nothing else.

Days of Future Past Credit

Singer’s next X-Film is set to start filming in April for May 27, 2016 release starring Oscar Isaac as the villainous Apocalypse a.k.a. En Sabah Nur–the Earth’s first mutant teased in the end of Days of Future Past where he emerged alongside his Four Horsemen.

Fingers crossed Apocalypse will be better than DOFP. Man, May of 2016 is going to be extremely busy for superheros.