It looks like while he held it off as long as he could, James McAvoy’s telepathic mutant leader Professor X (aka Charles Xavier) is finally headed for his iconic hairless look in upcoming superhero sequel X-Men: Apocalypse.
Yep, like Jesse Eisenberg in Batman vs Superman McAvoy’s trying out the slaphead approach for a superhero movie, with Apocalypse’s director Bryan Singer posting an image of the Scottish actor’s follicular transformation on his Instagram page with the caption #Xavier reborn (in process).
The new domed look puts the character more in keeping with his traditional appearance from the comics the films are based on, as well as Patrick Stewart’s portrayal of an older Professor X in other X-Men films. In fact, Xavier’s baldness is so well-known that when first auditioning for the role McAvoy mistakenly shaved his head even though the role didn’t require it then – McAvoy sported a full head of hair as the youthful prof in both 2011’s X-Men: First Class and 2014’s Days of Future Past, though the films made occasional winks towards the future of his barnet.
As of yet it’s unknown what causes Xavier to lose his locks – old age, some side effect of his mutant mind-reading powers (as in the comics) or an attack from an enemy with hairdressing powers – but at the very least we can imagine the stress of leading such a large group of X-Men would make anyone’s hair fall out…
X-Men: Apocalypse will be released in 2016, and will star McAvoy alongside Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence in her last appearance as shapeshifting mutant Mystique.