Ian McKellen On Playing Magneto In 'X-Men: Days of Future Past': 'What A Gas!'
On Tuesday, Bryan Singer tweeted that Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart will both reprise their roles as, respectively, Magneto and Professor X in the next X-Men movie, "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

Earlier on Thursday, we spoke to Sir Ian about another one of his iconic roles, Gandalf in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," (the full conversation will publish closer to the release of "The Hobbit"), but McKellen did comment on his return to the X-Men universe and his opinions on Michael Fassbender as Magneto.

Bryan Singer announced that you're playing Magneto again. Is that something you've been wanting to do? This will be your fourth movie with Bryan Singer, did that help persuade you?

What a gas! I mean, Patrick Stewart and I have been have just been playing "Waiting for Godot" throughout England and in the West End of London. So, we've stayed in touch. We can't believe it [laughs]. I thought these were Fassbender and McAvoy's parts, but -- no, no -- we're back. We'll give them a run for their money. I mean, I haven't read the script, so I don't know how much we've got to do. But, to be back in that world, and for Bryan to be doing it -- with all the success he's had in the meantime -- it's wonderful. Wonderful.

What did you think of Michael Fassbender as Magneto in "X-Men: First Class"?

Yeah! I thought he was exactly that: first class. Excellent.

You never thought, Hey, I've got my eye on you. That's my part.

[Laughs] No. No. I thought he was better than me. But, we weren't quite playing the same character because he was so much younger than me. And the scope of Magneto, one day a Jewish actor will play it. Clearly, he's Jewish. We first meet him in at Auschwitz and there's scope for all sorts of people to pay Magneto. But, I was just the lucky guy who got to play him first.


'Days of Future Past': Hugh Jackman could join new/old X-Men mix

Plans for "X-Men: Days of Future Past" continue to be unveiled as director Bryan Singer's follow-up to "X-Men: First Class" takes shape. The latest news? Hugh Jackman could join the film as Wolverine.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jackman is in talks to reunite with Singer on the new film. This follows the announcement earlier this week that Patrick Stewart would be returning as Professor X and Ian McKellen would be back as Magneto. Both Stewart and McKellen sat out the previous "X-Men" installment, "First Class," and Jackman made only a cameo appearance.

Singer returns to the franchise after other directors made "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "First Class."

The "Days of Future Past" story line is one that's well-known to X-Men fans. It was a two-issue story written by longtime "X-Men" writer Chris Claremont in 1981 and was partially set in an alternative future where mutants were forced into internment camps, watched over by giant robots called Sentinels.

In the present day, the X-Men must work to stop a crucial event that triggers the anti-mutant hysteria that eventually leads to the dystopic future.

In 2001, a Marvel readers poll voted it the 25th most popular Marvel story of all time.

With Stewart, McKellen and Jackman (as well as Singer) returning to the film series, many fans hope to see this was a connector between the original "X-Men" and the prequel "First Class." Many actors from "First Class" are also returning, including Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult.

Jackman is also playing Wolverine in next summer's "The Wolverine," which is a sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

The X-Men films, it seems, are becoming as convoluted as the original comics.


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