X-Men casting reveal puts Patrick Stewart in 'awkward' situation

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Jul 4, 2015, 11:57 AM EDT

Director Bryan Singer might be fairly new to Twitter, but the X-Men mastermind made waves recently by using the medium to reveal that two former stars would be back for the eagerly anticipated sequel Days of Future Past. But his little tweet apparently put those stars in a bit of an awkward situation.

As we now know, Patrick Stewart (Professor X) and Sir Ian McKellen (Magneto) are set to reprise their roles in the upcoming First Class follow-up. But it's apparently not quite as locked in as Singer indicated.

When Entertainment Weekly asked Stewart about Singer's big reveal, the actor tried to play dumb with a coy "I have no idea what you're talking about." When that didn't work, he said he's excited about the movie but doesn't know a thing about the plot.

Oh, and he also noted that no contracts have been signed yet:

"Bryan let the cat out of the bag on Twitter, and it included announcing that Sir Ian and myself were going to be in this movie. We are, you know, under contractual oath with 20th Century Fox to say nothing about any prospective X-Men movie including the old team. I use 'old' advisedly.

So it's a kind of awkward position, because lovely Bryan Singer just blurted it all out there. For me the big thrill is knowing that Bryan Singer is attached to this movie, because not only is he a brilliant director, but also I adore him and hope that it might be true and that we do work together at some point in the future. But I'm not being coy. I know nothing about this project. And I'm hoping that might change in the future.

I don't know that we're doing it. I have not signed a contract yet. I know there is a project in development, but we have no dates. No detailed casting. Thrilled to hear that my dear friend and colleague Ian McKellen is on board, but I'm sorry, you know, you need to understand, I'm not being cute. I know nothing."

So what's to take from all this? It seems Stewart and McKellen's return is a mostly done deal, but in all his Twit-citement Singer spilled the beans a bit early—meaning that Stewart will be asked incessantly about the film and will remain unable to comment. Bad for him, and for us.

What do you think? Will this one get all worked out and make for a big, happy X-Men reunion?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)