James McAvoy is under contract to reprise his young Professor X role for one more film after “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. Recently, the actor admitted he learned about plans for that third film, “X-Men: Apocalypse,” at the same time the rest of us did last week.
When asked about his involvement he only cited his contractual obligations, meaning he may be in even if he doesn’t want to be. Nevertheless he’s a big fan of the upcoming ‘Days of Future Past’, saying “It’s the biggest X-Men film yet, without a doubt. It’s a journey into darkness.”
One reason he likes it so much is because the character is not only vastly different to Patrick Stewart’s interpretation, but also very different to the at times loutish, wide-eyed optimist he played in “X-Men: First Class”. He tells Red Carpet TV News:
“The personal pleasure for me in First Class was in presenting a Charles Xavier to the fans – but also a new audience – who’s very different from the Charles that you expected.
In the second movie, I get to present another version of Charles Xavier who’s still very different from the Charles that used to exist, but he’s also remarkably different from the Charles in First Class as well.
So what’s great is that, even though it’s a sequel, even though it’s a franchise, I keep getting to reinvent Charles Xavier, and that’s amazing. I’ve got to do it twice now because the Charles in this film is unrecognizable from the Charles in the last film as well as unrecognizable from the Charles played by Patrick Stewart, who I then get to face up to.
That’s sort of theatrical almost, it’s like we’re playing a game with the audience saying, ‘Look at the many faces of Charles-Patrick-Stewart-Xavier-McAvoy. It’s really good fun.”