Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Sign on For X-Men Days of Future Past

Over on his shiny new Twitter account, Bryan Singer announced that both Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have signed on to reprise their roles as Magneto and Professor X from the first X-Men film franchise in the upcoming X-Men: First Class sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Singer also, in an earlier Tweet, welcomed Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult back for a second film.

The film, which is to begin production in March 2013, will likely bring together Fassbender’s and McKellen’s Magnetos with Stewart’s and McAvoy’s Professor Xs. I am so excited about the old and the new ho!yay! that will result.

I’m also excited that they’ve found a way to fuse the old and the new franchises together – a handing off of the series, of sorts. And, while it wouldn’t be true to the original Days of Future Past, this is also a way that they can age (i.e. bring it into present day) the franchise without aging the characters that worked so well in First Class. It’s also a great way to give massive props and respect to the earlier franchise but not have to be a slave to everything that came before.

Further, if Singer’s Tweet is to be believed, this might not be the only returning cast member to the old series. Ooooh…..

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