James McAvoy might be playing the mind-reading Professor X for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse movie – but he’s not the only version of the character headed to our screens again.
Yes, Patrick Stewart – who played an older version of the mutant leader in 5 X-Men films, including last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past alongside McAvoy as his younger self – is popping back in the wheelchair for the third solo Wolverine movie (which will be the last appearance of Hugh Jackman as the character).
“There is a project in development,” Stewart confirmed, after previous speculation about his involvement. “I understand that Professor Xavier will be making more than an appearance, however, and that intrigues me.”
Intriguing indeed – rather than the cameo appearances he made at the end of 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 2013’s The Wolverine, it sounds like Stewart might have more substantial role in the new film, perhaps even a co-lead with Jackman or at least playing a significant part in the new story.
As for what that story could be, while it’s not yet confirmed it’s been hinted by Jackman that the movie might be adapting one of Wolverine’s classic comic-book storylines – Old Man Logan. This story sees an ageing Wolverine live in a post-apocalyptic landscape ruled by villains, with all his fellow X-Men dead. And Stewart had a few things to say about that too…
“And the idea of an old Wolverine – I’m really looking forward to Hugh Jackman getting old. You know, damn him. He looks so great!” Stewart told Collider. “So I’m hoping to see him covered in prosthetics, you know? And then he’ll make me look better if that’s the case.”
X-Men: Apocalypse is due to land in UK cinemas in May 2016, with the third Wolverine film set for a March 2017 release.