Back in February, Patrick Stewart indicated that his good pal Ian McKellen would be returning to the role of Magneto for next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, however McKellen has now confirmed to Digital Spy that he won’t donning the helmet for the 2016 sequel.
“I haven’t heard [the rumours], I don’t think I am, no, no, they are currently making the film and I’m not in it… I was very happy to be a part of the films but I have other things to be doing. I’ve just done Mr. Holmes, I just done some filming for a sitcom, a film for BBC TV with Anthony Hopkins, so there are compensations for not getting caught up in blockbusters.”
Are you disappointed that McKellen won’t be back as Magneto for X-Men: Apocalypse, or is Bryan Singer right to focus on the younger cast? Let us know in the comments below…
X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 19th, 2016 in the UK and May 27th, 2016 in the States, with Bryan Singer directing a cast that includes X-Men veterans James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert) and Lucas Till (Havok) along with newcomers Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Apocalypse, Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan (Mud) as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) as Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy (EastEnders) as Angel, Olivia Munn (Magic Mike) as Psylocke and newcomer Lana Condor as Jubilee.