It looks like Professor X will finally go bald in Bryan Singer’s upcoming film, “X-Men: Apocalypse.” The director recently shared a photo of actor James McAvoy having his head shaved for his role.
Ever since Patrick Stewart was masterfully cast as Professor Charles Xavier in 2000, many have wondered when his younger self, played by McAvoy, would shed his gorgeous locks to look the part. To get fans excited for the upcoming finale to the prequel series of movies, the director shared a photo of the 36-year-old actor midshave on his Instagram page. For those that have been keeping up with production on the upcoming “X-Men” movie, you’ll know that Singer’s Instagram account is bleeding teasers left and right.
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The actor hinted at the loss of his hair in an interview on HuffPost Live in September. “Apocalypse” will jump ahead another decade to the 1980s, where Professor X will be closer to 40 years old.
“I’ll be older in this one,” McAvoy said. “I think I’m losing my hair finally. And, yeah, that’s kind of all I know.”
According to ScreenRant, the character loses his hair in the comic books as a side effect to his growing mutant powers. However, when McAvoy played Xavier in “X-Men: First Class,” he sported a smart Oxford cut. In last year’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” his role in the film demanded a much more disheveled and scruffy look. In fact, next to Beast (Nicholas Hoult) he was the hairiest member of the team. McAvoy will team up next with newcomers like younger versions of Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Psylocke (Olivia Munn) and Nightcrawler (Kodi-Smitt McPhee) as well as returning cast members Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence).
Meanwhile, the Professor X fans came to love in the first three X-Men movies, Stewart, is rumored to appear in the upcoming standalone sequel to Hugh Jackman’s “Wolverine.” In February, the former “Star Trek: The Next Generation” actor revealed that he was in talks to join Wolverine in the upcoming film.
“What I'm very excited about is that we have been talking about a 'Wolverine' movie, which would team Hugh Jackman and myself together. Wolverine and Professor Xavier,” Stewart told Oregon Live. “That would be a very different sort of ‘X-Men’ from the four movies that I've already done.”
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