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Simon Kinberg says the original 'X-Men' cast will return in 'Apocalypse'
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Since the release of 2011's "X-Men: First Class," the mutant movie universe has essentially been a tale of two X-teams.
This month's hit "X-Men: Days of Future Past" pulled them together, using time travel to unite "First Class" stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy with original "X-Men" cast members Jackman, Berry, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and, briefly, Anna Paquin, James Marsden and Famke Janssen.
The follow-up -- 2016's "X-Men: Apocalypse -- is said to take place in the 1980s and was fans initially presumed that it would focus solely on the "First Class" crew, but writer-producer Simon Kinberg wants to assure viewers that the film will still have room for the original mutant team.
"It will focus primarily on the 'First Class' cast, but it will certainly have some of the original cast involved, too," Kinberg explained in an interview with The Daily Beast.
It's unknown at this point, however, which original actors will return.
Story details are being kept under wraps, although it will undoubtedly draw from popular storylines in the Marvel Comics' "X-Men" universe. "Apocalypse" will also make room for "Future Past" fan favorite Quicksilver (Evan Peters) and newcomer Channing Tatum as Gambit.
In the interview, Kinberg also addresses a cut action scene featuring Paquin's character Rogue, and says that Bryan Singer will return to direct "Apocalypse" despite his current legal troubles.
"X-Men: Apocalypse" is scheduled to open May 27.