Despite X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer announcing that Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart would be returning as Magneto and Charles Xavier it appears it’s not a done deal yet, at least not for Stewart.
In a new interview the actor said he was “thrilled” to know Singer is returning to the X-Men franchise to direct the film, but he hasn’t officially signed on and he hasn’t been given a start date (but it’s only a matter of time).
Bryan let the cat out of the bag on Twitter, and it included announcing that Sir Ian and myself were going to be in this movie. We are, you know, under contractual oath with 20th Century Fox to say nothing about any prospective X-Men movie including the old team. I use “old” advisedly.
So it’s a kind of awkward position, because lovely Bryan Singer just blurted it all out there. For me the big thrill is knowing that Bryan Singer is attached to this movie, because not only is he a brilliant director, but also I adore him and hope that it might be true and that we do work together at some point in the future. But I’m not being coy. I know nothing about this project. And I’m hoping that might change in the future.
Other than the fact that you’re doing it?
I don’t know that we’re doing it. I have not signed a contract yet. I know there is a project in development, but we have no dates. No detailed casting. Thrilled to hear that my dear friend and colleague Ian McKellen is on board, but I’m sorry, you know, you need to understand, I’m not being cute. I know nothing.
Bryan Singer recently tweeted a photo of the screenplay so we know there’s a draft out there. It appears Singer and 20th Century Fox still have to get round to signing cast members up officially, and then they’ll probably be sent the script and details about their role.
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) December 4, 2012
The Days of Future Past comic storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps.
James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult are all set to return (they signed multi-picture deals when making X-Men: First Class), and Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman (and a few others) are likely to join them.