New ‘X-Men’ movie will not be helmed by ‘First Class’ director Matthew Vaughn

'X-Men' veteran Bryan Singer is top choice to replace him in the director's chair.

The next X-Men movie will not be directed by Matthew Vaughn (pictured below).

The Englishman helmed last year’s X Men: First Class, a well-received prequel to the original trilogy of X-Men movies that came out between 2000 and 2006. Vaughn has devised the story for the new movie, titled X Men: Days Of Future Past, and will also serve as a producer, but has decided not to direct it.

According to Deadline, top choice to direct the sequel is now X-Men veteran Bryan Singer. Singer helmed 2000’s X-Men and 2003’s X2 and served as a producer on last year’s First Class.

20th Century Fox has set X Men: Days Of Future Past a release date of July 18, 2014, meaning a new director will have to be found fast. Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence are all confirmed to reprise their roles from the last movie.

Days Of Future Past has a script by Simon Kinberg based on Vaughn’s story idea. Earlier this year (2012), Kinberg revealed that the sequel will focus on Magneto, the character played by Fassbender. Meanwhile, Patrick Stewart has recently hinted that he could make an appearance, reprising his role from the original X-Men trilogy.