Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart Won't Be Returning For 'X-Men: Apocalypse' & That's Terrible News

In news that is sad for everyone, Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart won't be returning to the latest installment in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse. Stewart and McKellen have been playing Professor X and Magento, respectively, in the series since 2000. There have since been prequels, such as X-Men: First Class, that feature new actors (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) as Professor X and Magneto. Both casts brilliantly came together in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, but it looks like time travel won't be as prominently featured in Apocalypse.

Little is presently known about the plot of X-Men Apocalypse, which will be released in May of 2016. The ancient Egyptian En Sabah Nur will be the major antagonist, and he'll battle the younger X-Men. Oscar Isaac has been cast as the villain, while Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Hugh Jackman, and of course Fassbender and McAvoy, will also star.

Having just learned some details about the upcoming film, Stewart revealed the tragic news on Larry King, saying:

He doesn't think they'll make an appearance. So there's hope! And I feel that Stewart is underestimating their abilities; both actors, with their myriad accomplishments on and off screen, could totally play young. Who needs Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy? I can't believe I just said that. But Stewart and McKellen are probably busy, what with knighthood and everything. McKellen will be playing an aged Sherlock Holmes this year, while Stewart will be starring in a sitcom called Blunt Talk. So I definitely have plenty to look forward to.