Did Patrick Stewart just confirm he and Ian McKellen won't be in X-Men: Apocalypse?

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Jan 19, 2015, 12:58 PM EST (Updated)

A bombshell of apocalyptic (pun intended) proportions was dropped by Capt. Picard himself in an interview with Larry King. When asked if he was going to be in Fox's upcoming X-movie, X-Men: Apocalypse, this is what the British thespian replied: "No. Nor Sir Ian McKellen, either."

It's not entirely unexpected given what we've heard about the film up to this point, but it's still a bummer. He also said:

"I was learning quite a lot more about it last night, and 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."

Check for yourselves:

Even though Stewart and McKellen won't appear in X-Men: Apocalypse, this doesn't mean it's the end for Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, aka Magneto. We'll still get to see their younger selves, played by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, who took up the baton back in 2011 in X-Men: First Class. We should've known this was bound to happen, since we know that Bryan Singer is actively looking to cast younger versions of Cyclops and Jean Grey for the upcoming superhero movie, so the news is not that shocking. Still, it would have been nice to have seen Stewart and McKellen included in Apocalypse, since they've been such a big part of the franchise.

What do you guys think? Do you think Fox should still find a way to include Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen in X-Men: Apocalypse, even if it's in a cameo capacity, or do you think it's finally time the older versions of Professor X and the Master of Magnetism should be put to rest?

(via Comic Book Movie)