Veteran actor Patrick Stewart has confirmed that his X-Men character Charles Xavier does have a role to play in the upcoming third Wolverine film. Stewart confirmed it in an interview with Collider promoting his upcoming TV show Blunt Talk, saying that his role -- which he shares with James MacAvoy -- will be more than just a simple appearance.
"I think what you say is true," Stewart said when asked about his involvement in the third Wolverine film. "There is a project in development. I understand that Professor Xavier will be making more than an appearance, however, and that intrigues me."
The story details for the Wolverine sequel are under wraps, but widespread speculation has pointed to an adaptation of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's "Old Man Logan" arc. Stewart didn't confirm that, but did say the idea of Wolverine getting old is something he welcomes.
"And the idea of an old Wolverine -- I'm really looking forward to Hugh Jackman getting old. You know, damn him," Stewart said. "He looks so great! So I'm hopnig to see him covered in prosthetics, you know? And then he'll make me look better if that's the case."
The as-yet-unnamed third Wolverine movie is scheduled for release March 2, 2017, with The Wolverine director James Mangold returning alongside Jackman.