X-Men: Professor X Will Appear in New Mutants Film, Starts Filming in 2017

During the press junket for X-Men: Apocalypse, writer/producer Simon Kinberg told Collider that a familiar character is going to appear in Josh Boone's New Mutants film.

"Right now, as the movie exists, Professor X would be a part of a New Mutants movie."

With the way he worded this info, it sounds like Boone is given the freedom to cut the character from the film should the director/writer make that decision. Boone just recently submitted his second draft of the screenplay, so Kinberg knows how Xavier will be involved in the story of New Mutants. We still don't know whether the role will be depicted by Patrick Stewart or James McAvoy, but it's a strong bet that it's McAvoy unless they use some kind of time travel aspect in the story. Beisdes, Stewart was said to reprise the role in a supporting capacity in Wolverine III.

20th Century Fox hasn't revealed much about the future of the X-Men franchise. So far, we know that the next movie bearing "X-Men" in its title will be set in the '90's, but it's unclear if New Mutants is that next X-Men film. Bryan Singer is set to direct another film that continues the storyline from the end of that film.

Kinberg said that he hopes New Mutants to begin production next year, which means that the film is most likely to be released in theaters in 2018.

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