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…..