Patrick Stewart: ‘Ian McKellen and I won’t be appearing in next X-Men film’

Director Bryan Singer is due to start shooting 'X-Men: Apocalypse' this spring for a 2016 release

Patrick Stewart has revealed that he and Ian McKellen won’t appear in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse.

Stewart and McKellen reprised their roles as the older versions of Professor X and Magneto for last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, which merged the original X-Men cast with their younger counterparts from 2011’s X-Men: First Class in a time-travelling race to save humanity.

Yahoo! Movies reports that during an upcoming appearance on Larry King’s chat show, Stewart is asked whether he will be back again for the next film, and replies negatively, saying: “No. Nor Sir Ian McKellen, either.”

Stewart then says of the forthcoming X-Men film: “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.”

Bryan Singer was confirmed to return as director for X-Men: Apocalypse back in September. Singer was also behind the camera for the first two X-Men films and last year’s Days of Future Past, which became the franchise’s most successful performer yet, taking $746 million (£475 million) at the worldwide box office.

Singer is due to start shooting X-Men: Apocalypse in the spring for a scheduled release date of May 27, 2016. Hugh Jackman has recently hinted that he will be returning as Wolverine, while Chloe Moretz and EastEnders actor Ben Hardy have recently been linked to roles in the superhero sequel.