Patrick Stewart May Return As Professor Xavier
Patrick Stewart spoke over the weekend at Dragon-Con and of course, X-Men and Star Trek were brought up. It seems he wasn't entirely crazy about playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard. He wasn't completely familiar with Star Trek and was told the new show "wouldn't work." The main problem was the fact that the original uniforms were incredibly uncomfortable. According to CNN's Marquee Blog, Stewart feels that his time as Picard has passed due to the poor box office for Star Trek: Nemesis.
What about Professor Xavier? We recently saw his CG-cameo in X-Men Origins: Wolverine so would he return to the role again? Stewart said that he would like to "continue exploring the relationship between Xavier and McKellen's Magneto."
I suppose it's a matter of what time period in Xavier's life that the role would call for. It was a nice nod having him in the Wolverine movie (even if it didn't make complete sense in terms of the X-Men's timeline) but he did look a little odd in CG-form. I'm not sure if there'd be a place for him in the Magneto 'Origins' movie. It would make sense to have a young Xavier in the movie. I'm not sure if having CG-Xavier return would really work.
What are your thoughts? Has Stewart's time passed to play Xavier? Could you see someone else in the role? Would you want to see a CG version again?
If Stewart is up for playing the role again, then it would be damn foolish to get someone else in. Can't really see any body else having the same sort of gravitas in the role of Prof X that Patrick Stewart brought to it. As for CGI stand in? Nah. No thanks. It would be like having a PG-13 Lobo movie and teaming the main man up with a teenage girl... oh wait... bugger
CG Xavier in the X-Men 3 movie was creepy and waxy. His "cameo" in Wolverine made no sense. The only way that he would work in a Magneto movie is if the two old men were reminiscing about the past and the movie was a flashback with much younger actors. I do not want to see more waxy, CG Xavier - and this a guy who loves his Star Trek: TNG.
And what was he talking about the "new show"? Did he mean the new movie? I haven't heard about a new Star Trek show. I thought Scott Bakula, the producers, and the writers of Enterprise killed that.
I cannot really picture an X-film without Xavier, and I cannot picture Xavier not being Stewart. I mean, was there really even anyone else considered for the role? That man was born to play Professor X and despite sometimes not being the best films, he's always a fantastic Prof. X.
I'm up for more X-movies, but I really wouldn't mind reboot (not that the movies were bad, I liked all of the other movies, it's just with all of the characters dying, like Cyclops, and having Prof. X in another body at the end of X-Men 3 really messed up any of the future movies), the thing I wouldn't want changed if they did a reboot is the casting, I liked all of the casting in the movies, Wolverine (he was cast perfectly), Cyclops, Storm, Jean, Kitty, Iceman, Rogue, all of these were great casting (in my mind at lest).
"the guy who played his clone in Star Trek Nemesis should play a young Xavier. :P I can't believe he was so causually killed off in X3. Xavier and Cyclops should come back in some astonishing plot twist. Then it will truely be an X-Men movie. "
Good call on everything you just said.
I'm not nearly as hard on X3 as some, but they really went down a strange road. Killing Professor X. is almost insulting, but then having Jean Grey do it…what a kick to the nuts. I understand that Cyclops isn't all that popular these days, but giving him five minutes screen time and then having his possessed wife kill him? Ouch! I half expected him to be left out of the headstone lineup at the end. I wasn’t too thrilled by the numerous generic villains they threw into the film. Why’d they even bother to call that one Psylocke? You’ve got a super-speed oriented character, why wasn’t it just Quicksilver? Sigh…
Such a shame Singer didn't come back.
Stewart played a superb Xavier. I think it would be very interesting to have them explore a movie of the relationship between the two. It would be hard to really imagine a story of Mangeto's origin without Xavier playing some kind of role.
Stewart was also my favorite Enterprise captain. I liked him, because he was a philosopher, archeologist (which wasn't explored enough for my liking), sort of awkward in personal relationships. Though I do imagine those early outfits were dreadful to wear. Looked like a onesie.
"@King Quisling said:
"the guy who played his clone in Star Trek Nemesis should play a young Xavier. :P I can't believe he was so causually killed off in X3. Xavier and Cyclops should come back in some astonishing plot twist. Then it will truely be an X-Men movie. "Good call on everything you just said. "
Maybe than yes but NOW I seriously doubt it cause this is the guy Tom Hardy. He's a bit too Big to play a Xavier ha ha
This would be hilarious - Michael Rosenbaum as a young Charles Xavier; and Patrick Stewart as the contemporary Xavier.
Didn't this latest Star Trek re-write all Star Trek history? So, conceivably, that would include The Next Generation. That crew could be completely different. The Butterfly Effect could have wiped Picard and his uncomfortable uniform out of existence...Riker just might have gotten the big chair after all...
" @HaloKing343 said:
" I gotta be honest. I had no idea that he was CG in Wolverine. I thought that was actually him. Either I'm retarded, or that was some awsome effects! "lmao same here i swear 2 god i thought that was him "
Good to hear I'm not alone.
I was there at DragonCOn and head him speak. He didn't really say much about X-men. All he said was that he heard that they were making a new x-men film about the original x-men, and didn't really say anything about returning as Xavier. He said he didn't know much about the new x-men.
I hope he does come back tho
Xavier died in X3, so he wouldn't be in an X4 (the very thought makes me want to vomit). If they continue First Class, then it will be McAvoy, but I suppose you could have a conversation between Stewart and McKellan from sometime around the original trilogy as a framing device or resolution for the main First Class story...
I could imagine a movie that centers around the 1980's, with Xavier and his "Second Class" which would include a young Cyclops, Storm, and Jean. The story unfolds and they clash with Erik and his brotherhood. Maybe Erik's children, Pietro goes with Erik, Lorna goes with Xavier, and Wanda is torn between them. During the conflict, Wanda is killed. The final few scenes star Stewart and McKellan perhaps visiting Wanda's grave... Seems a little contrived, but I'm sure you could make something more important of that scene. Other than something like this, then no, I think Singer's X-Universe should be laid to rest as gently as possible so that we can get a solid reboot as soon as possible.
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