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McKellen and Stewart "X-Men" return

(L-R) Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart would be reprising their roles as Magneto and Professor X respectively.

29 Nov – Director Bryan Singer, who is back to helm the latest "X-Men" installment has confirmed on Twitter that Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are back to take on their original roles of Magneto and Professor X respectively for the franchise.

With the new movie title of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" announced, speculations on how the script will be played out will be interesting, especially since Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are also confirmed to return as the younger version of the two adversaries.

If the movie, based on the comic book of the same name, follows the plot closely, the story will see Kitty Pride (played by Ellen Page in the original movies) travel back to the past to convince Magneto not to assassinate a US senator in order to avoid a future where mutants are feared and hated.

Two versions of Magneto and Professor X will soon be seen on the same screen.

But knowing how movies are often played out to give audiences a thrill, Singer might have some exciting ideas up his sleeves on how to fully utilise the time-jump factor.

Fans would also be anticipating if Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) will be back in the fold, no news yet have been heard as Jackman is still busy with "The Wolverine", a standalone movie focusing on the lone mutant. That aside, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult have also been confirmed to reprise their roles as Mystique and Beast. Filming is scheduled to begin early next year.

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