Sir Patrick Stewart has been playing Professor Charles Xavier, The Artist Formerly Known as Professor X, for over 15 years, and over the course of five X-Men films. That is, by any metric, a long time, and a lot of films. The time may finally come for the 76-year-old to stop playing the bald English character, and live his own bald, English life.
Stewart is signed on to reprise the role in another freaking Wolverine film—which is untitled as of now, but will be released on March 3, 2017—but tells ITV (via ComingSoon) that he’s expecting this go-round to be his last with the Marvel franchise.
“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,” Stewart said. He added that the new Wolverine will include “a very different Charles Xavier… nothing like the Charles Xavier you’ve seen in the past.”
Hugh Jackman has already said that the upcoming film will be his last as the titular character. Stewart and Jackman first linked up in Bryan Singer’s original X-Men film in July 2000, back when Al Gore was running for president and Santana’s “Maria Maria” was still dominating radio.
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