28 May, 2016 - NME.com
X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer has confirmed he wants to make another film with the cast of the original trilogy based on the Marvel superhero comics, which ran from 2000-2006.
The current series, which stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, focuses on younger versions of characters from the original trilogy.
In a recent interview with Fandango, Singer was asked if he would involve cast members like Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in another film, after they appeared in 2014 crossover film X-Men: Days of Future Past alongside their counterparts from the new films.
He replied, “I hope so. I went and saw Patrick Stewart’s wife sing at a local venue with Ian McKellen. The two of us were sitting there watching Patrick’s lovely wife sing, and I was thinking, ‘yeah, at some point it would be lovely to see them all again.’”
However, Singer confirmed that there are no immediate plans for an X-Men film involving the original cast. “They’re all great actors and great people,” he said, “and I had great experiences with them. I’d love to see that happen — it’s just you have to figure it out. How do you do that? You can’t do it for the sake of doing it, you have to do it right.”
When asked about how he would go about it, he suggested he wanted to be the one to give a conclusion to the original trilogy, because he only directed the first two of those films. “I like finishing things. I like finishing this particular iteration. I know X-Men 3 was quite rushed and I didn’t complete it, and I felt a little like it was probably my responsibility to do that as a filmmaker, and I didn’t.”
X-Men: Apocalypse introduces a host of new X-Men cast members, including Game Of Thrones actress Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers aka Cyclops, former EastEnders actor Ben Hardy as Angel and Alexandra Shipp as Storm.
Meanwhile, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apesstar Kodi Smit-McPhee portrays a young Nightcrawler and The Newsroom's Olivia Munn has been cast as Psylocke. Star Wars' Oscar Isaac plays Apocalypse, the villain that gives the film its title.
Read the NME review of X-Men: Apocalypse here.