Ian McKellen delighted with X-Men return

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Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are thrilled to be appearing in 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' because they thought their roles would be left to Michael Fassbender and JAmes McAvoy, who played younger versions of their characters in 'X-Men: First Class'.

Sir Ian McKellen thinks it is "wonderful" to be returning to the 'X-Men' franchise.

The veteran actor and his co-star Patrick Stewart were surprised to be asked to reprise their roles as Professor X and Magneto in forthcoming film 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' because they thought they would be left to Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, who played the younger versions of the characters in 'X-Men: First Class' and are also returning for the new movie.

Ian said: "What a gas! I mean, Patrick Stewart and I have been have just been playing 'Waiting For Godot' throughout England and in the West End of London. So, we've stayed in touch.

"We can't believe it. I thought these were Fassbender and McAvoy's parts, but - no, no - we're back.

"We'll give them a run for their money. I mean, I haven't read the script, so I don't know how much we've got to do.

"But, to be back in that world, and for Bryan [Singer] to be doing it - with all the success he's had in the meantime - it's wonderful. Wonderful."

And Ian was full of praise for Michael's portrayal of Magneto in 'X-Men: First Class'.

He added to the Huffington Post: "I thought he was exactly that: first class. Excellent...

"I thought he was better than me. But, we weren't quite playing the same character because he was so much younger than me."

'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' opens in cinemas 18 July 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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