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An X-Men Return: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen Are Back

Rumored plans to merge franchise come to fruition for Bryan Singer

Let's hope the teaming up of Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy in a film goes better than the pairing of Patrick Stewart and William Shatner in "Star Trek Generations" 18 years ago -- where one character ended up buried in a rocky grave.

Stewart, who played Professor X in three X-Men films in the 2000s, will reprise his role of the wheelchair-bound leader in the upcoming Bryan Singer film "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Joining him will be his Magneto co-star, Ian McKellen, fresh off The Hobbit trilogy.

But just because Stewart and McKellen is back doesn't mean that the new Professor X and Magneto from "X-Men: First Class" are being pushed out. In fact, McAvoy and Michael Fassbender will be back in a story that is rumored to be modeled after a popular 1980s story arc.

That arc, which included a flashback to the young mutants and a glance into the future when extraordinary people are kept in internment camps, is expected to be the basis of "Days of Future Past" that will feature the sequel to the X-Men story after "First Class" while showing an alternative future with the older Stewart and McKellen.

Stewart, who hasn't appeared in an X-Men project since 2006's "X-Men: Last Stand," turned 72 in July. He continues voice work in Fox comedy shows like "American Dad" and "Family Guy." Of course, Stewart is best known as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard from "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

McKellen, 73, recently finished work as Gandalf in the Hobbit films, marking six films he's played the iconic J.R.R. Tolkien character.

"Days of Future Past" was written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book story by John Byrne and Chris Claremont. The film is being directed by Bryan Singer.

It's scheduled for release in July 2014.

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