Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will reprise their roles as Magneto and Professor X in the 2014 release, X-Men: Days of Future Past. This was confirmed by the film’s director, Bryan Singer, in a Twitter update. Singer also mentioned James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Nicolas Hoult in a separate tweet, welcoming them back to the project.
X-Men: Days of Future Past will jump from present to future times, which explains McKellen and Stewart’s presence as well as younger versions of themselves played by McAvoy and Fassbender.
Here’s the plot description for those who haven’t seen it yet:
“The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men.”
X-Men: First Class took audiences to the past when it was released, but this upcoming sequel aims to bring both the past and future together to explore an ambitious story line. The time-shifting element should add to the suspense and along with conflicts expected from the X-Men universe, this could potentially be a worthy followup to Matthew Vaughn’s excellent film.