Just as Hugh Jackman plans to become Wolverine one last time in James Mangold’s Untitled Wolverine Sequel, it appears that Patrick Stewart will also be hanging up Professor X’s wheels once his part in the film has wrapped. That’s right, the man behind the mindful mutant will be playing the role a final time before closing out this particular chapter of his career.
The as-of-yet untitled picture is currently filming in advance of its planned March 3, 2017 release date, and ITV News caught up with Stewart to chat about his role. The veteran actor also briefly conceded that Professor X had already been killed off once in the franchise and still returned, so it’s possible that he could pop up in the role again, though not probable. And while he doesn’t give anything away about his final turn as Xavier, he does tease that it’s like nothing we’ve seen before.
To watch the video, head on over to ITV. Here’s what Stewart had to say when asked if this was the last time he’d be playing the part of Professor X:
I can’t say because I don’t know, but I would imagine this is probably the end of this franchise for me. But the thing about science fiction and fantasy is that you can never, ever say it’s the end, it’s over.
When pressed with the fact that Xavier has actually died and returned in the series once already, Stewart conceded:
Yes, I have, I have. Jean Grey vaporized me, from which you would think there would be no return.
Then he bounced back with this fantastic tease:
But watch out! In March, I’m going to be back on the screen again. A very different Charles Xavier, that’s all I’m allowed to say. Nothing like the Charles Xavier you’ve seen in the past.
Any thoughts on what kind of Xavier we’ll see next March? Let us know in the comments below! For more on the upcoming Wolverine movie, take a look at some of our recent write-ups below:
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