The next film in Fox’s X-Franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse, takes place in 1983, largely utilizing the characters in their X-Men: First Class personas and corresponding actors/actresses. Thanks to the lovely quirk of time travel action, most of the X-Men characters we saw throughout the first three films are now being shown in their more “youthful” versions as we movie-goers are treated to what are essentially prequels in the series. Aside from the “ageless” Wolverine, we won’t be seeing any more of the characters in their “original” forms… or will we?
Director Bryan Singer, who is no stranger to sharing select “behind-the-scenes” info with the fans, posted a picture to his Instagram account that shows “original” Professor X actor Patrick Stewart stopping by the set recently:
The first thing to note, of course, is that Sir Patrick is shown in a clearly behind-the-scenes type of role, and that there is no clear indication given that we’ll be seeing him in front of the camera in X-Men: Apocalypse. Could it conceivably happen? As we’ve learned with superhero films – especially those with as convoluted a backstory as the X-Men tales – never say never.
So why, then, was Senor Stewart even on set to begin with? This could have been a friendly stop-by visit, as the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal (where Apocalypse is currently filming) did host several events this past weekend, one of which being the “Sir Patrick Stewart Gala.” The safe-money explanation, then, is that PatStew just swung by to say hello… but hey, we fans can dream about his potential on-screen involvement, right?
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2016.