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

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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