It's been known for quite some time that X-Men: Apocalypse will bring an end to the trilogy that started with 2011's X-Men: First Class and carried through into last summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past. But now we're hearing that this might be the last movie to feature these particular actors as well. Speaking with E! Online, Nicholas Hoult, who stars as Beast in all three movies, reveals that this is the last movie he is signed on for.

" "This is the last one I'm signed up for. The first one did so well and [Days of Future Past] got received so brilliantly. It's like, 'Wow, people really want to see the films' and the best thing is it's a great crew and cast to work with and he's a fun character."

Things may change, and it's possible that Nicholas Hoult will sign on for more movies, but in the past director Bryan Singer has made it clear that this will bring a definite end to this current X-Men trilogy. Nicholas Hoult certainly doesn't sound like he is tired of playing the character. He explains:

"I have a good time playing him so I'd keep making them."

While future X-Men movies won't solely focus on this current core group of characters, it isn't unusual for the series to bring in past actors for cameos. X-Men: Apocalypse is only one of three franchise sequels opening in 2016, with Deadpool and Gambit also on the way. And Wolverine 3 will hit in 2017. Its unlikely that Nicholas Hoult will be making an appearance as Beast in any of these three films. Since Patrick Stewart is expected to show up as old Professor Xavier in Wolverine 3, its possible that Kelsey Grammer could reprise his role as old Beast as well, as he did for X-Men: Days of Future Past. What do you think? Do you want more Nicholas Hoult as Beast? Or should the character stay silent for awhile?

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B. Alan Orange