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McAvoy and Fassbender to be joined by Stewart and McKellen for new X-Men movie

X-Men: First Class

Story by Jack Foley

BRYAN Singer is planning to direct a multi-generational X-Men movie.

The director, who is returning to the franchise to direct First Class follow-up Days of Future Past, Tweeted on Tuesday that James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender will be joined by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen.

Stewart and McKellen memorably portrayed X-Men founder Professor Charles Xavier and mutant leader Magneto in the original X-Men movies, the first two of which Singer directed and produced.

McAvoy and Fassbender played their younger selves, Xavier and Magneto, in box office success First Class, which successfully rebooted the franchise in 2011.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Days of Future Past is a classic X-Men storyline that first appeared in two-issues of Uncanny X-Men in 1981, from writer Chris Claremont and artists John Byrne and Terry Austin.

Partially set in an alternate future where surviving mutants have been penned in concentration camps and most of the X-Men have been hunted and killed, the story also finds X-Men in the present day working to prevent a key event from unfolding that would shape that future.

It’s not yet known how closely Singer will be sticking to that plot, or whether this will involve the introduction of new X-Men characters. Speculation has also begun as to whether Hugh Jackman will feature at all as Wolverine, especially given that his latest spin-off is due in cinemas next year.

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