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Bryan Singer to direct X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Story by Jack Foley

BRYAN Singer is to return to the X-Men universe for a fourth time by directing Apocalypse.

Due for release in May 2016, the film will mark the follow-up to this summer’s Days of Future Past (pictured), which marked Singer’s successful return to the long-running franchise.

Singer’s return as director was confirmed after accusations against him, concerning an alleged sexual assault, were successfully dropped.

Trade publication Variety stated that Twentieth Century Fox, the makers of the X-Men movies, had been poised to seek another director for Apocalypse had the case gone ahead.

Apocalypse will be set 10 years after Days of Future Past and will see Hugh Jackman reprising his role as recurring character Wolverine. James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult will also return.

The superheroes will face their most unrelenting foe yet.

The X-Men franchise – which spans seven films to date – has so far taken more than $3 billion (£1.83bn) in box office receipts around the world. The most recent – Days of Future Past – has amassed $746m (£456m) internationally since its release in May.

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