SIR Ian McKellen will not be returning to the next X-Men film.
His fellow co-star and best mate Sir Patrick Stewart revealed on TV chat show Larry King Now that neither of them would be reprising their original roles in X-Men: Apocalypse, leaving it to their younger counterparts who starred in the prequel - Days of Future Past.
Sir Patrick said: “I was learning quite a lot more about [the film], 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.”
Sir Ian appeared in the first X-Men trilogy and reprised his role in last year’s hit X-Men: Days of Future Past.
James McAvoy plays Professor X’s younger self, while Michael Fassbender portrays the younger Magneto, played by Sir Ian.
But there is still opportunity for the actors to step back into their roles in any number of the upcoming X-Men-related films coming up, including Channing Tatum’s planned Gambit movie, the Deadpool film starring Ryan Reynolds and any possible future X-Men films.
Meanwhile, Sir Ian, who grew up in Wigan, is nominated for 2015’s BBC Audio Drama Awards.He has been shortlisted for Best Actor in an Audio Drama at the ceremony, which recognises both on-air and online audio drama.
This year’s winners will be announced at a ceremony on February 1 at the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House, hosted by director of BBC Radio Helen Boaden.