James McAvoy Goes Bald for Professor X in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

By May 9, 2015

In 2011′s X-Men: First Class directed by Matthew Vaughn, movie audiences got their first look at Charles Xavier’s early beginnings. In last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past directed by Bryan Singer, Charles had lost his way, and the ideology that would help to define him, before getting it back from the help of both his future self and from Wolverine. Now, in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Singer returns to the director’s chair to bridge the gap more than ever between the films featuring the younger cast and his original 2000 film, and one of the ways he’ll be doing that is by bringing in recognizable characters.

Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey will all be appearing in Apocalypse, and now, we also know that the aesthetics of certain characters will begin to match their appearances in later life. Most notably, this is true of actor James McAvoy’s portrayal of Professor Xavier. In an image posted to Instagram by Bryan Singer, the film’s director shares our very first glimpse at McAvoy going bald in preparation for his third turn as the founder of the X-Men. See it below.

#Xavier reborn (in process ) #jamesmcavoy #XMEN #XMenApocalypse @xmenmovies

A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on

X-Men: Apocalypse is expected to end the “First Class trilogy,” which could mean that Apocalypse will be the last time we see the likes of McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult in an X-Men film. Hugh Jackman also recently confirmed that his turn as Logan in the upcoming third Wolverine solo film will be his last time playing that character. Wolverine is not expected to appear in X-Men: Apocalypse.

X-Men: Apocalypse stars McAvoy, Fassbender, Lawrence, and Hoult returning to their roles of Professor X, Magneto, Mystique, and Beast, respectively. It also stars Oscar Isaac as the titular villain Apocalypse, Lucas Till as Alex Summers/Havok, and Olivia Munn as Betsy Braddock/Psylocke. Making their debut in this film are younger actors playing more established X-Men, with Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, and Alexandra Shipp playing Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm, respectively. Ben Hardy will also be playing Warren Worthington III/Angel, while newcomer Lana Condor will be playing Jubilee. The film opens on May 27th, 2016. For more on the X-Men sequel as it takes shape, keep it locked on GeekNation.

Chris Clow
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