Patrick Stewart Reprising Role For Next X-Men Movie + Watch Sir Pat Channel Colbert For PBS

Sir Patrick Stewart is returning to sit in a chair made famous for iconic role in a big budget genre movie. Nope not Star Trek Into Darkness, alas, but he is set to appear in the next X-Men movie. More details below plus we catch up on the latest from Sir Pat including a video where he does a parody of Stephen Colbert.


Patrick Stewart Returns To X-Men

Today director Bryan Singer turned to Twitter to announce big news for his 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future past, saying…

Patrick Stewart starred as Professor Charles Xavier in 3 previous films (X-Men, X2: X-Men United and X-Men: Last Stand) and he also had a brief uncredited cameo in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In the new film the role of young Charles Xavier will be again be played by James McAvoy, reprising his role from 2011’s prequel X-Men: First Class. Wondering how they will feature both McAvoy and Stewart, Singer tells Deadline "The movie is called X-Men: Days Of Future Past, use your imagination."

Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in "X2"

More Sir Pat!

While we are on the subject of the former Jean Luc Picard, here are a couple of new videos featuring Sir Pat doing satirical pledge requests for PBS station WNET (Thirteen) in New York, including one where he seems to be channeling Stephen Colbert’s famous "The Word" segment.

And here is a shot of Patrick from last night attending a screening of the new movie "Killing Them Softly" in New York City.

Sir Patrick Stewart in NYC on November 26, 2012

Finally, if you are in the New Orleans area, Sir Stewart is headed to Wizard World’s New Orleans Comic Con this weekend. Joining him are fellow TNG stars Gates McFadden, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner. They will all appear together on Saturday night at a special event (get tickets here).

NEW ORLEANS CON UPDATE: Correction, last week Patrick Stewart had to cancel, but John DeLancie has been brought in and will appear all weekend and at the Saturday event.

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Michael Singer
November 27, 2012 5:28 pm

Great news!

November 27, 2012 5:38 pm

I’ll be honest, when I began reading the title of this news item, something inside me finished the headline as: “Patrick Stewart Reprising Role For Next Star Trek Movie”.

Alas, one more outing for Jean Luc Picard….

Hat Rick
November 27, 2012 5:44 pm

That YouTube PSA for Thirteen was hilarious. A smooth and suave performance from the get-go.

As usual, like a sir!

November 27, 2012 6:15 pm

@Hat Rick
Indeed, like a sir!

Ensign RedShirt
November 27, 2012 6:19 pm

He just gets cooler every day.

Deflector Dish Guy
November 27, 2012 6:29 pm


Dr. Cheis
November 27, 2012 6:36 pm

Glad to hear it! Stewart is what gives those movies legitimacy! Also I guess this helps put a damper on the comments that First Class was a reboot.

November 27, 2012 6:49 pm

Is it just me or is he starting to slow quite a bit more with his age?

November 27, 2012 7:39 pm

Damn, I hope I look that good at 72. Considering I look lousy at 48, that’s another story…

I don’t really need to see the Next Gen cast on the big screen again, but figuring out a way to get Jean Luc back into the Trek universe one more time would be interesting….

November 27, 2012 8:12 pm

Gotta love Sir Pat….

Legate Damar
November 27, 2012 10:19 pm

Well, I was going to donate to PBS, but when Patrick Stewart puts it like that, I think I’ll pass.

November 27, 2012 11:15 pm

Those PBS PSAs are riotous. Miss your TNG Star Trek, Sir Patrick. I hope you got your cable TV problems fixed.

M.J. (Mark James Tucker)
November 27, 2012 11:15 pm

Super excited that the rumors of their return turned out to be true.

Famke Janssen is also in talks to come back as well as Jean Grey.
And dont be surprised if Hugh Jackman shows up again as well.

M.J. (Mark James Tucker)
November 27, 2012 11:16 pm

Now if we could just get a Bryan Singer Bad Hat Harry Star Trek series or film, It would be the icing on the cake.

Dr Beckett
November 28, 2012 2:52 am

Wow, Sir Pat is still looking really good.

Picard, Jean-Luc
November 28, 2012 6:32 am

Legend absolute legend.

November 28, 2012 8:16 am

For the original article poster – the correct abbreviated title for a knight or dame calls them by their first name, not their surname as with usual titles.


Sir Patrick for Sir Patrick Stewart

Dame Judi for Dame Judi Dench

November 28, 2012 8:17 am

Sorry – I notice it’s right the first time, but not the scored out time. :P

Emperor Mike of the Empire
November 28, 2012 9:03 am

I for one can’t wait to see the new X Mens Movie. Sounds like it will be a lot of fun.

November 28, 2012 9:16 am

this may explain something he said at the London convention.Stewart mention about wanting to do his one man show in London a Christmas carol however was not sure if he was able to do as he maybe working on a film in the states

Jim Nightshade
November 28, 2012 9:40 am

so time travel for prof x….wonder how big patricks role will be…xmen last stand while done well mostly….killing off most of the characters was dumb…loved frasier as the beast hah….sounds like this entry wont be a sequel to last stand unless they time travel to save everyones life somehow….

November 28, 2012 10:01 am

I’m thinking Days of Future Past will ignore X3 and Wolverine Origins just as First Class did.

Red Dead Ryan
November 28, 2012 10:16 am

“First Class” was a prequel set in the 60’s, and “Days Of Future Past” will most likely follow that movie, while ignoring the others for the most part. I think what we’ll see is the future portion of the movie dealing with the culmination of everything that happend between now and FC. With perhaps only passing references to the first three main films.

Red Ryanne
November 28, 2012 10:41 am

Red dead are you even familar with the Days of Future Past storyline?
If they even just vaguely follow its storyline, Sir Patrick and Sir Ian will have a good deal of screen time.
And this movie is not going to just make passing references to the first three films, First Class even went so far as to recreate the original opening scene of the first X-Men movie down to using Michael Kamen’s musical cue.

Heck its even been confirmed that The Wolverine, is a direct sequel to Last Stand.

November 28, 2012 11:05 am

Loved First Class, but deeply disappointed to hear the overrated Singer’s directing. His first two X films were really quite dull. The third might have been panned by the geek squad, but was by far the most entertaining of the three. In The Last Stand, Patrick Stewart had more to do and more presence in 45 minutes than the previous two put together! Wolverine, even, is better than X1 and X2 in my opinion.

My guess is that we’ll mainly focus on the 1960s, with an extended flash-forward to Kitty Pride’s escape from a post-The Last Stand future, meaning the modern era X films can be concluded and continue with the First Class team, while re-introducing recast actors as Marvel Girl and so on. I hear Famke Janssen is showing up in The Wolverine, which is good news.

November 28, 2012 11:33 am

The presence of Patrick Stewart as a revered figure in Star Trek as a franchise is testament to its enduring international appeal.

Trek has always had a soft heart for people from all nationalities and, because it is tied to our own present as one possible future, it can easily drop names that have contemporary appeal. This is so not only because the Enterprise-D, for example, is headed by an English-accented individual from the ancient nation-state of France, but also because it is self-conciously derivative of NASA’s ventures into space.

Interestingly, in Star Trek: First Contact, which is precisely about the visitation of the Enterprise crew to one possible past (possibly our own), the name of a possible future Prime Minister of Canada is displayed on a mission patch for Shuttle Mission 41-G.

If Marc Garneau is elevated to the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, and if the Liberals win the next election, he could be the first Prime Minister or national leader* ever to have flown in space — and be represented in a Star Trek movie as a space traveler.


*Sen. John Glenn was a U.S. Senator and therefore a national legislator.

November 28, 2012 12:28 pm

@#25 – I don’t know how you can say those things because without Bryan Singer’s vision there would not have been X-MEN movies and he produced and was heavily involved in FIRST CLASS.

I think you’re the first person I’ve ever heard say the LAST STAND was the best of the trilogy. While I liked it and don’t get the fanboy hate for it, it’s nowhere near X2 in quality. Singer’s presence on that film was sorely missed.

X2 is the best sequel since WRATH OF KHAN and one of my personal all time favorite comic book-based films. Singer also acknowledges STII as the template for X2. He is a true TREK fan through and through.

November 28, 2012 1:05 pm

Awaiting Patrick’s book: I Am An Actor, And So Can You.

November 28, 2012 1:19 pm
27. Simon Actually, I discussed this at the pub with a few friends the other night and they agreed, funnily enough. The web tends to have hardcore nerds on it who are spiteful and group-minded. Because Harry Knowles kicked of aboy X3, the lemmings followed him over the critical cliff! Singer doesn’t demonstrate a ‘vision’ to my mind: he’s really on the same level as Brett Ratner, the only difference being Singer made a very good debut film, thanks to a good writer. And I really found both his X films pretty dull and cheap looking. The saving grace of them was the last minute recasting of Wolverine. X3 had two good comic stories as its basis and was a huge financial success (and I’m sorry, but we’re talking superhero films here, which are business ventures, not high art!) It could have been better, but for a mainstream, non-geek-squad viewer with, at the time, only cursory knowledge of The X-Men, it was a blast and everyone I know who saw it thought it was good fun. X2 was a fine way to kill a couple of hours, but really rather dull compared with blood and thunder of its sequel. As for the Wrath of Khan comparison, bwahahahahahaha! Seriously??!! Oh well, each to his own! ;) I don’t care two hoots if Singer is a Trek fan, quite honestly. Doesn’t mean he gets a free pass! I’ve yet to see him make anything of the standard of his debut. I’m not… Read more »
November 28, 2012 2:55 pm

#29 – Vaughn worked closely with Singer on FIRST CLASS so having Singer actually in the director’s chair for this one is a smooth and logical transition.

You don’t believe me on X2, well Jean was Spock – sacrificing herself to save the team and the pan at the end with her voiceover and a hope for resurrection (with the phoenix image in the water) was a direct homage to the end of TWOK.

November 28, 2012 4:34 pm

30. Simon

Vaughan’s closest collaboration was with Jane Goldman, picking over the leftovers of the proposed Magneto film after their deserved success with Kick-Ass. Based on your claim, half the movies ever made are based on TWOK, including the ones before 1980!.

Sorry, but while I love Trek, I think its fanboys are deluded by how relevant it actually is. In franchise terms, it’s a lesser one (on the way up thanks to JJ Abrams) with little worldwide appeal beyond English-speaking countries. It’s a fun concept, but not any of that futurist, prophetic, utopian bullcr*p TNG fans claim it is. It’s an old-school, fun, sexy, romantic, action-packed melodramatic space western with a dash of philosophy chucked in to give audiences something to think about. It was only with TMP and the TNG stuff that people got idiotic ideas that it was something above its station.

Singer might have seen X2 as his personal Khan ripoff (it was a studio-ordered condensation of two different screenplays) but it doesn’t register like that. The direction is dull enough that it merely seems like a solid, well-made TV movie. But I don’t see why a director claiming to be a Trek fan gives him some special aura. I mean, if Stalin, Mao or Hitler had been Trek fans would that have given them a special pass?

November 28, 2012 5:44 pm

@31 – I don’t remember any dictator wrangling a cameo in a TREK film as Singer has. His collaborator & personal friend Robert Meyer Burnett is producing the supplements for the TNG Blu-rays.


While the scripts were worked on separately the material in both had direct input from Singer. It was his almost as much as Nick Meyer was for TWOK.

Jim Nightshade
November 28, 2012 11:48 pm

I guess I am a fanboy I had a complete xmen comic collection which I started collecting when I was 10 back in 1965…Why do I hate X3…because they frikkin killed off most of the characters…it was like they were never planning to make another xmen movie again….further cyke and Prof X’s deaths were staged strangely, and had no emotional resonence, sadness or heroism/sacrifice.. the comics I collecteed they never killed off characters like that..Only Jean/Phoenix had died in the comics and that was bad enough….

Others aspects of x3 were great especially the storyline with the mutant cure and the underlying tones of racism and self loathing for the muties who wanted to be normal again….Loved Kelsey Frasier Grammer as the beast….Jeans ending was tragic and sad and carried a lot of weight with Logan doing the deed and all….Singer left xmen to do the stupid superman movie revival which did nothing but pay overly too much homage to the original superman movie which is by the way a billion times better of a movie….I would like to think that if Singer stuck around and did 3 he wouldnt have been dumb enough to kill off so many major characters….so i think SCIFI comic fans got the short end of the stick with both Superman and X3….And newest SUPERMAN movie revival word is that Superman is missing his red Underpants…Supes is going COMMANDO????? Sheesh!! What is this world coming too….sigh

November 29, 2012 5:59 am
32. Simon ‘@31 – I don’t remember any dictator wrangling a cameo in a TREK film as Singer has.’ There have been plenty of cameos in Trek down the years by lots of different people. Christian Slater pops up in STVI, for example. So Singer’s nothing special in that regard, except that Slater was in a good film and Singer had the misfortune to turn up in the worst in the series. ‘His collaborator & personal friend Robert Meyer Burnett is producing the supplements for the TNG Blu-rays.’ Is that supposed to be a talent-by-association remark? I work in the media and know plenty of people I could use the pretentious line ‘collaborator and personal friend’ about, except I wouldn’t because I don’t speak ‘TNG’ English and would merely say ‘a mate I work with!’ End of the day, Bryan Singer knows Robert Meyer Burnett. I’m sure they’re both thoroughly decent people. But what’s your point? ‘Oh, yeah, IN THE COMMENTARY TO X2 HE MENTIONS THE WRATH OF KHAN PARALLELS.’ So what???? He might be making them, but he didn’t make them work for me! Please don’t ‘SHOUT’! It’s really childish, Sheldon! ‘While the scripts were worked on separately the material in both had direct input from Singer. It was his almost as much as Nick Meyer was for TWOK.’ Difference is, Meyer’s a talented writer/rewriter and that helped his work on TWOK, a film whose boots X2 isn’t fit to lick through a dental dam! Look this is all… Read more »
November 29, 2012 6:16 am
33. Jim Nightshade: ‘I guess I am a fanboy I had a complete xmen comic collection which I started collecting when I was 10 back in 1965…Why do I hate X3…because they frikkin killed off most of the characters…it was like they were never planning to make another xmen movie again….’ I think the plan was to break off into more sub-movies like planned Origins series. And, given Professor X was alive by the end of X3, there weren’t that many main character deaths, especially if Jean was still under the lake, rather than being the actual Phoenix. ‘further cyke and Prof X’s deaths were staged strangely, and had no emotional resonence, sadness or heroism/sacrifice..’ I agree Cyclops was an odd one, but that was perhaps to do with James Marsden jumping ship to do Superman. Besides, Cyclops wasn’t particularly interesting in the previous films. Professor X, though, was very much reaping the whirlwind and having the sins of his and Erik’s past visited upon him. ‘the comics I collecteed they never killed off characters like that..Only Jean/Phoenix had died in the comics and that was bad enough….’ Even that’s been endlessly retconned! ‘Others aspects of x3 were great especially the storyline with the mutant cure and the underlying tones of racism and self loathing for the muties who wanted to be normal again….Loved Kelsey Frasier Grammer as the beast….Jeans ending was tragic and sad and carried a lot of weight with Logan doing the deed and all….’ Agreed. ‘Singer… Read more »
November 29, 2012 6:56 am

Paramount simply can’t let NEM for all its weaknesses be the final journey of TNG! We need a miniseries or at least a MFTV movie that doesn’t necessarily give each character an ending. Rather, it could show where they are off to so that the adventure continues. Stewart, Frakes, Dorn, Sirtis, Burton and McFadden should all be in it but no B4 sillyness. I would want it set a bit farther in the future -maybe 20 years past NEM – rather than only the 10 years it’s been so the actors’ ages can catch up to their characters’. Wherever they are, they are brought together, directly or indirectly, to deal with a matter that arises from a past mission, or some other such thing.

November 29, 2012 7:21 am

I think the best path is to make Days of Future Past work into the X-Men franchise the way that the 2009 film worked into Star Trek. Fractured realities. Two separate Timelines, but interconnected to one another. That way Last Stand onward can branch off on its own continuity whilst First Class can integrate the first two films but take a different path.

November 29, 2012 12:42 pm

i am looking forward to days of future pass and glad singers on baord.i have only ever seen the cartoon of the story which i loved. i have started to read a few x-men comics avx i am loving. i only hope that this film is a as good as the first two and first class,however just becouse i dont like the other two films i still dont want them forgotten about and if the story warrents a mention about the other two film then yeah should mention then

November 29, 2012 2:34 pm

@T’Cal (36), I agree. NEM was a bit morose for me. I would prefer a movie that gives all of the gallant bridge crew of the Enterprise-D a fitting send-off — one that inspires wonder and happiness rather than wistfulness.

Jim Nightshade
November 29, 2012 10:34 pm

Thanks for your thoughts dom…yeh parts of donners supes movie is a bit cartoony in places…but…reeves gave superman/kent heart n human-ness as kidder made lois sexy funny crazy dedicated n those two….their relation/love lifted superman n made it soar….the humanity of this alien….while gene hackman was superb as luthor it was clearly walking the line between…parody n legit adventure….oh yes and john williams soaring soundtrack….wow….i hope the best for the newest superman but hope its not going to be a dark version of supes….
xmen first class was very well done but i missed the modern xmen…so we will see about the xmen…

Jim Nightshade
November 29, 2012 10:38 pm

Also have to mention Reeves made clark kent the only realistically different personality…all the other clarks were just as heroic manly as superman…

MJ (the original)
November 30, 2012 12:22 am

He is also the bad guy in the new Die Hard movie coming up. Outstanding!!!

Memo to other former Trek Captains — this shows, similar to Nimoy’s example, how if you take great care of your body and appearance that you can still get very relevant major roles later in life (i.e. instead of having to perform a continuous clown act or living off of conventions).

November 30, 2012 6:31 am

Jim, in the Superman movies Reeve was playing a character called Kal El who was also playing a character called Clark Kent. Clark Kent was the alter ego and Superman/Kal El was the real man.

In Smallville Clark realised that in order to fool the world, he would have to also turn Clark Kent into a character, an assumed identity and shortly before it ended we saw the bumbling dufus Clark with the glasses who was bumping into things and mumbling his words.

November 30, 2012 4:31 pm

Star Trek Into Darkness trailer length 1:03 mins

Ralph Pinheiro
November 30, 2012 4:52 pm

Does anyone know about Pine, Abrams, Cumberbatch and Bryan Burk in Tokyo with trailer?

Star Trek:Into Darkness, will be in cinemas on September 2013 Japan, reveals a special footage presentation on 4th December from 9:50 at 109Cinemas Kiba, cinema2(IMAX), Paramount Pictures Japan announced. Director J.J Abrams, Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch and Producer Bryan Burk will come to Tokyo to attend.

source: rengo-tsushin

Jim Nightshade
December 1, 2012 3:02 am

Getting closer to hobbit premiere..does anyone know f he 9 minute trekpreview will only be on one show dec 14 in imax if so which show…midnite or 7 pm opening night..or all shows opening day? all shows in imax first 2 weeks or every show?

Dalek i luved smallville also and i thought the last episodes you mentioned more than anything else were paying homage to reeves especially since they even used some of williams music cues as well…i wish they would have kept going for another year or so aligning their version with the movies n previous versions…the subplot involving kal el leading the kryptonians was also a nod/homage i believe with the lois and clark series….and the darkseid subplot in smalllville was a nice nod to jack king kirbys creations/worlds although interesting they almost treatd darkseid as an elemental cosmic storn of evil…same thing the second fantastic four movie did with galactus, another classic kirby villain (with stan lee co creator of course)…best thing about smallville was the incredible acting of michael rosenbaum as lex luthor,and the writing of his character made all other lex luthors cardboard cutouts in comparison…his dads character was also great…those two actors stole the show whenever they were on.

December 1, 2012 4:20 am

I attended the theater showing of TNG’s HD episodes from season 2 and it was excellent. I hoped – unrealistically, I know – that perhaps they would show the trailer or 9 minute preview for STID but… no luck. Still, a very good time. I need to start rewatching TNG if only for the inspiration. Even though it was season 2, Q Who and TMOAM are very well written, acted, and directed.

December 1, 2012 1:08 pm

i am reading a few x-mens graphivc books should this be on the lst of story i should read?????

i am glad singer is directing and not becouse he is a trekie hell sir cliff richards is a trekie and there is no way i would pay to him in concert or jim davidson

December 2, 2012 1:33 am

US Navy Ship-Carrier USS ENTERPRISE Retired today

BUT a future US Navy Carrier will be named Enterprise again…(see bottom of article)

December 2, 2012 5:20 am

Excellent post, Dave. I wrote a blurb about it on my own blog.

It’s great that there will be a new USS Enterprise. It’s a name that will live on for generations. Gene Roddenberry chose a terrific name for our favorite starship.

Sometimes, the things that should be, are!