Bryan Singer took to Twitter a few days ago to confirm that several big names were returning for X-Men: Days of Future Past – one such name being Sir Ian McKellen. The Huffington Post has since caught up with McKellen to discuss his return to the X-Men franchise. It’s safe to say that McKellen seems rather excited about the whole thing.
Mckellen said, “What a gas?! I mean, Patrick Stewart and I have just been playing “Waiting for Godot” throughout England and in the West End of London. So, we’ve stayed in touch. We can’t believe it. I thought these were Fassbender and McAvoy’s parts, but – no, no – we’re back. We’ll give them a run for their money. I mean, I haven’t read the script, so I don’t know how much we’ve got to do. But, to be back in that world, and for Bryan to be doing it – with all the success he’s had in the meantime – it’s wonderful. Wonderful.”
Of course, McKellen played the role of Magneto in X-Men, X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand; a role that Michael Fassbender then took on for X-Men: First Class. When asked about Fassbender’s portrayal of the younger Magneto in First Class, McKellen responded, “I thought he was exactly that: first class. Excellent! I thought he was better than me. But, we weren’t quite playing the same character because he was so much younger than me.”
As well as McKellen returning as Magneto, Patrick Stewart returns as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as the younger Magneto, James McAvoy as the younger Professor X, Nicholas Hoult as Beast and Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique. It was also confirmed yesterday that Hugh Jackman is in talks to return as Wolverine.
X-Men: Days of Future Past focuses on a future where mutants are hunted by Sentinels due to the murder of a powerful official by a group of rogue mutants. It hits cinemas on 18th July, 2014.