Saturday, January 17, 2015

Patrick Stewart Nixes Return In "X-Men: Apocalypse"

While chatting with  Larry King recently (via CBM) Patrick Stewart was asked if he was going to be in Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Apocalypse":

"No. Nor Sir Ian McKellen, either."

Stewart added "I was learning quite a lot more about it last night, and it is going to be looking very much at the earlier lives of all our characters. And so I don’t think we’ll be making an appearance."

The younger actors introduced in "X-Men: First Class" James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto) Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast) and Lucas Till (Alex “Havok” Summers), etc. are contracted for three films and are locked in to return.

This time the mutants will take on Apocalypse, aka. En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac). In the comics, En Sabah Nur is the world's first mutant who was born in Egypt around 3,000 BC and had access to advanced technology.

We were told that the studio originally wanted "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises" actor Tom Hardy to play the bad guy in the film. The character was teased in the post-credits scene of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (Played by Brendan Pedder).

Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, Elle Fanning, Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe and Timothee Chalamet were all under consideration for the two key roles of younger incarnations of Jean Grey and Cyclops in the 1980s-set film The adult incarnations of the characters were played by Famke Janssen and in various chapters of the film series.

Moretz and Fanning have reportedly met with Singer in recent weeks for the young Jean Grey part-- Taron Egerton ("Kingsman: The Secret Service), Jamie Blackley ("If I Stay"), and Tye Sheridan ("Mud") were said to be in the mix to play young Cyclops. They add Alexandra Shipp and Zendaya Coleman are being considered for a young Storm, and Sophie Turner and Saoirse Ronan are up for Grey.

It is likely that Channing Tatum will debut as the X-Men mutant Gambit here before getting a solo film

"X2: X-Men United" and "Superman Returns" screenwriters Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris as well as Simon Kinberg are writing the script for "Apocalypse" .

Production is slated to begin in the Spring. The film will hit theaters on May 27, 2016 opposite Alice in Wonderland 2

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