Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart returning to ‘X-Men’ franchise for ‘Days of Future Past’

By Daniel Levine,

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, who starred as Magneto and Professor Xavier in the first three X-Men films, will be returning to the franchise for X-Men: Days of Future Past, the highly anticipated sequel to X-Men: First Class.

Director Bryan Singer, who is also returning to the franchise for the new film, excitedly shared the news with fans on Twitter Tuesday, writing, “Thrilled to announce @ianmckellen118 &@SirPatStew are joining the cast of #XMEN#DaysOfFuturePast #magneto #professorXMore to come...”

Deadline also reported the news and spoke with Singer, asking what it is like to work with McKellen, Stewart, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy on the same movie.

“The movie is called X-Men: Days Of Future Past, use your imagination,” the director said. “More to come.”

Fassbender and McAvoy will reprise their roles as the younger versions of the veteran actors’ roles in Days of Future Past.

Singer joined the film last month, after First Class director Matthew Vaughn dropped out. Singer was credited as a producer and for the story on First Class and directed the first two X-Men movies before leaving to work on Superman Returns.

Singer’s next film is Jack the Giant Slayer, which will hit theaters in March 2013.

McKellen will next be seen in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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