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Original X-Men cast for Apocalypse

X-Men: Days Of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg has revealed some of the original stars will return for the third film, Apocalypse.

The screenwriter hinted that there will be parts for some of the older cast members - such as Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen and Ellen Page - alongside the newer generation, which includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, in the upcoming third instalment.

"It will focus primarily on the First Class cast, but it will certainly have some of the original cast involved, too," he told the Daily Beast.

Simon revealed the next blockbuster would be for the fans.

"At some point in making the movie we talked about what the potential next film would be, and we all really gravitated towards Apocalypse," he explained.

"We really wanted it to be more for the core fans than for the broad audience; to be something that was a genuine tease, and almost mysterious to mainstream audiences who don't know the comics well, so they're thinking, 'What's that?'"

He also said Bryan Singer is expected to return to direct the third film, despite the sexual abuse allegations which lead to the director pulling out of all promotional events for Days Of Future Past.

"Well, I don't really want to speak on anything outside the movie, but I believe Bryan created the template for the modern superhero movie. I remember where I was when I saw X-Men, and I thought he redefined the way people made comic book films," he said.

"All the films that followed in the subsequent years, whether it be the Batman movies, the Spider-Man movies etc, all took cues from X-Men, because he made it grounded, dramatic, really emotional, and somewhat political. He's the architect of new superhero movies, and I love what he did with Days Of Future Past."

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