Since Byran Singer announced X-Men: Apocalypse there have been a ton of reports and rumors about who will be back for the series, and what the story will entail. The only thing Singer has said about the project since it was announced is... "Apocalypse is not an Alien." That was in regards to one of the big rumors that hit the internet.
James McAvoy reveals he didn't know anything about the project until Singer sent that announcement Tweet out. So he found out along with the rest of us. While speaking with Red Carpet News TV he said, "I only heard about it this morning!" He didn't confirm his involvement with the film, but the actor does mention that he's contracted to make a third movie, so I'm sure he'll be there. He goes on to talk about the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, saying that it's "The biggest X-Men film yet, without a doubt." It makes sense that it would be, after all... the movie is the second most expensive movie ever made. He went on to discuss his character, saying,
"The personal pleasure for me in 'First Class' was presenting a Charles Xavier to the fans, but also a new audience, who's very different from the Charles that you expected. But he was still very sort of 'Everything's going good!' In the second movie I get to present another version of Charles Xavier who's still very different from the Charles that used to exist, but he's also remarkably different from the Charles in 'First Class' as well. So what's great is that even though it's a sequel, even though it's a franchise, I keep getting to reinvent Charles Xavier and that's amazing. I've got to do it twice now, because the Charles in this film is unrecognizable from the Charles in the last film as well unrecognizable from the Charles played by Patrick Stewart, who I then get to face up to. That's sort of theatrical almost, it's like we're playing a game with the audience saying 'Look at the many faces of Charles-Patrick-Stewart-Xavier-McAvoy. It's really good fun."
The movie is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 23rd, 2014, and there's no doubt in my mind that it's going to be a gloriously epic X-Men film!