Patrick Stewart’s Professor X in talks to join forces with Wolverine

The veteran actor also revealed that Ian McKellen's Magneto will flex his mutant muscles in X-Men: Apocalypse after all

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Brace yourselves X-Men fans: Professor X has some rather exceptional news for you.

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You may have heard that Patrick Stewart told Larry King that neither he nor Ian McKellen would be in the next X-Men movie, Apocalypse?

Well, he’s now revealed that while he’s not in it, we haven’t seen the last of the older Professor X and Magneto.

In an interview with a regional US news site, the actor said it “seems to be very unlikely” that he will star in the next X-Men film, but “Ian McKellen is certainly going to be in it”.

Stewart went on to explain that he is in talks about future X-Men movies.

“We have been talking about a Wolverine movie, which would team Hugh Jackman and myself together. Wolverine and Professor Xavier” he said.  “That would be a very different sort of X-Men from the four movies that I’ve already done.”

His claims have already been welcomed by fans, who were also treated to a sneak-peek of the Apocalypse set by director Bryan Singer.

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Stewart first took on the role back in 2000 for Bryan Singer’s live-action X-Men trilogy and fans were devastated when the character was mercilessly offed by Famke Jannsen’s Jean Grey – in full Dark Phoenix mode – in X-Men: The Last Stand.

He was reunited with his old on-screen friend McKellen for 2014’s Days of Future Past. The pair proved immensely popular on Twitter back in 2013 when they documented their New York adventures while starring in No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot.

McKellen even went on to officiate at Stewart’s wedding to his long-term girlfriend Sunny Ozell.

Their Twitter capers left fans eager to see more of their Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr together in cinemas. It looks like they’ll have to be content with Jackman’s Wolverine for now though. Stewart certainly seems game.

“I’d just like to get to drive his motorbike,” he quipped. 

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X-Men: Apocalypse is due to land in UK cinemas in May 2016 and the third Wolverine film set for a March 2017 release.