Date: 20th January 2015
Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen will not appear in the next X-Men film.
Speaking on an American chat show, Sir Patrick Stewart, 74, told host Larry King:
"It is going to be looking very much at the earlier lives of all our characters. And so I don't think we'll be making an appearance. Nor Sir Ian McKellen, either."
X-Men: Apocalypse is due for release in 2016.
It's expected to focus on the cast of X-Men: First Class, which included James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.
Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen have played the roles of Professor X and Magneto in the X-Men series since 2000.
2014's installment X-Men: Days of Future Past featured a time travel plot that meant those original stars could appear alongside their younger counterparts from X-Men: First Class.
The film had a cliffhanger ending which some have suggested could leave the door open for the veteran actors to appear in future X-Men films or one of the upcoming X-Men related films, Gambit or Deadpool.
Source: Press Release