The X-Men franchise will never, ever die and some of the actors who’ve hitched their wagons to the now 16-year-old Marvel movie behemoth just keep on keeping on.
The latest is Patrick Stewart, the original Professor Charles Xavier from 2000’s X-Men, who confirmed a not terribly well kept secret that he will reprise his role for the fifth time in next year’s third and supposedly final installment of the Wolverine spin-offs. Hugh Jackman, who has been playing Wolverine for as long as Stewart has been Professor X, will return for the character’s final standalone movie following 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 2013’s The Wolverine. Stewart, who last suited up for his role in X-Men: Days of Future Past a couple of summers ago, officially let the cat out of the bag on social media Saturday.
Stewart let it be known that he’d probably be appearing in the next Wolverine movie as long ago as February, 2015. With his pal Sir Ian McKellen still squeezing into Magneto’s mask in this month’s X-Men: Apocalypse, why shouldn’t he keep taking a seat in Professor X’s custom wheelchair? The money has to be pretty awesome, don’t you think?
It’s also been reported that Professor X will be around for the next X-Men spinoff, New Mutants, though it’s not yet known whether he’ll be seen as his younger self and played by James McAvoy or if Stewart will come back to the fold. One thing you can be sure of is that as long as they keep making X-Men movies (which means, forever), at least some of these folks are bound to be in ’em.
(via Comics Alliance)