Yes, Patrick Stewart is confirmed to have arrived on the Montreal set of X-Men: Apocalypse this weekend. But don't get too excited. It doesn't look like he'll be appearing as Charles Xavier (aka Professor X) in any capacity. Instead, it simply looks like he is visiting his old director Bryan Singer. And it sounds like the pair are joining director Jason Reitman for one of his legendary live script reads. No, it's not a rendition of 2000's X-Men. The trio will be enjoying a live reading of the Coen Brothers' classic The Big Lebowski.
Back in January, Patrick Stewart confirmed that neither he nor Ian McKellen would be reprising their roles as Professor X and Magneto in X-Men: Apocalypse. The entirety of the film takes place in 1983, the same weekend Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi opened in theaters. There is no reason for the older versions of these characters to arrive at any point, with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender portraying their younger dopplegangers.Read More
The Starz Original series Blunt Talk released a first look teaser of the 10-episode first season of the half-hour scripted comedy series from MRC and executive produced by Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Ames (creator and showrunner), Stephanie Davis and Tristram Shapeero. The teaser will premiere on-air during the Black Sails finale on Saturday, March 28 at 9 PM ET/PT. Set in Los Angeles, the story follows Walter Blunt, a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news and the fallout from his well-intentioned, but mostly misguided decision-making, both on and off the air. The series will premiere on Starz in the summer of 2015.
Through the platform of his nightly cable news show, Blunt is on a mission to impart his wisdom and guidance on how Americans should live, think and behave. Besieged by network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, numerous ex-wives and children of all ages, Blunt's only support is the alcoholic manservant he transplanted from the U.K. to join him in Los Angeles. The series is greenlit for a two-season, 20-episode commitment.Read More
While the last line of this statement is surely meant to be a joke, the fact that the actor didn't deny Patrick Stewart's involvement is certainly intriguing. 20th Century Fox has already issued a March 3, 2017 release date, with The Wolverine director James Mangold returning to the helm. No story details have been confirmed quite yet, but Hugh Jackman also teased in December that the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse may tie in to Wolverine 3. As you may recall, the end credit sequence in The Wolverine helped set up X-Men: Days of Future Past, so it would make sense that X-Men: Apocalypse would somehow tie into Wolverine 3.
Wolverine 3 comes to theaters March 3rd, 2017.Read More
It's worth noting that the end of last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past set up a whole new timeline for the X-Men franchise, which could be when Wolverine 3 is set. As you may recall, the end of 2013's The Wolverine lead directly into X-Men: Days of Future Past, so it's certainly possible that Wolverine 3 could use the timeline set up at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, especially since X-Men: Apocalypse is set during the 1980s. It's possible that Famke Janssen (Jean Grey), James Marsden (Cyclops) and many others from the original X-Men trilogy could return as well. What do you think about these new plot details? Chime in with your thoughts below.
Wolverine 3 comes to theaters March 3rd, 2017.Read More
Naturally, the news has yet to be confirmed by 20th Century Fox, but it does hint at some intriguing possibilities. We already know that X-Men: Apocalypse will be the last installment of the trilogy that started with X-Men: First Class and continued with last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past. The story will also be set in the 1980s, with several new cast members recently signing on to play younger versions of Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan). If Ian McKellen does appear as the older version of Magneto, it's possible that the movie could feature some scenes in the present day, perhaps as a flash-forward, but that has not been confirmed.
Oscar Isaac also stars as Apocalypse, with X-Men: Days of Future Past stars James McAvoy (younger Professor X), Michael Fassbender (younger Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) and Nicholas Hoult (Beast) expected to reprise their roles, although they have yet to be confirmed at this time. Who else do you hope shows up in X-Men: Apocalypse? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to director Bryan Singer's adventure starting production.Read More
This news shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. X-Men: Apocalypse is set to take place in the 80s, and will serve as the final chapter in the X-Men: First Class trilogy. It will feature newer, younger versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm alongside returning favorites Beast, Mystique and Quicksilver. And it will feature the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto. So of course, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, who play older versions of these characters, will not be returning for this latest franchise sequel.
Oscar Isaac is confirmed to play the title villain in X-Men: Apocalypse. X-Men: First Class cast members confirmed to return include James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as the young Professor X and Magneto. Jennifer Lawrence is back as Mystique, with Nicholas Hoult reprising his role as Beast. While Evan Peters hasn't been confirmed, it is expected that he will return as Quicksilver. The movie begins shooting in Montreal this April for a May 2016 release.Read More