Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart return to X-Men

Veteran actors Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart have rejoined the 'X-Men' franchise as Magneto and Professor X, confirms director

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Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart have joined the cast of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'.

Director Bryan Singer - who is returning to the franchise after directing the original 'X-Men' film in 2000 and its 2003 sequel 'X2' - confirmed the veteran actors will reprise their roles as Magneto and Professor X.

The director also confirmed the returns of 'X-Men: First Class' stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, 'The Hunger Games' actress Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult.

Bryan wrote on his twitter page: "I'd like to officially welcome back James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, & Nicholas Hoult to #XMEN for #DaysOfFuturePast (sic)."

"Thrilled to announce @ianmckellen118 & @SirPatStew are joining the cast of #XMEN #DaysOfFuturePast #magneto #professorX More to come... (sic)"

'Days of Future Past', and its 2011 predecessor 'First Class', serve as prequels to the original trilogy, which also includes 2006's 'X-Men: The Last Stand'. James, 33, and Michael, 35, play younger versions of Professor X and Magneto in the films, respectively.

It appears the latest 'X-Men' will see plenty of time-bending to explain the co-existence of the returning elder actors - Ian, 73, and Patrick, 72 - and their younger incarnations.

Director Bryan Singer, 47, told Deadline: "The movie is called 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', use your imagination."

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is due in cinemas in 2014.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 130 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen
  • UK release: 22 May 2014

When the mutants of the future face extinction, they send Wolverine (Jackman) back in time to change destiny. The finale is too effects-heavy and non-fans may question whether it all makes sense, but the principal players are all on top form and the slick direction and smart writing are at times enormously entertaining.

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