t’s taken three films, but James McAvoy is getting himself out of a hairy situation when it comes to his X-Men character.
In the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, the actor, who plays Charles Xavier, finally goes bald, and he and director Bryan Singer captured the big haircut on video.
“It’s something I’m excited about,” McAvoy says in the video. “We still have to honor the iconic nature of Professor X. I’m glad to be finally arriving at that destination — with my head.”
McAvoy and director Bryan Singer also had a special guest witnessing it: Patrick Stewart, a.k.a. the original Professor X, who appeared via video chat to see the hair come off.
“Why don’t you save locks of it and send it to me? I could make some use of it,” Stewart joked.
James McAvoy, John Boyega, and Nicholas Hoult are going down the rabbit hole.
The actors are among the ensemble cast of the BBC and Netflix’s Watership Down, a CGI-animated miniseries based on Richard Adams’ classic novel about a group of brave bunnies who narrowly escape the destruction of their warren and set out in search of a new home.
McAvoy will voice Hazel, the group’s leader; Hoult will voice Fiver, the seer; and Boyega will take on Bigwig, the muscle. The cast also includes Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Anne-Marie Duff, and Olivia Colman.
Noam Murro (300: Rise of an Empire) is directing the four-part series, which is to air in 2017. The BBC first announced the project last year and will air the miniseries in the U.K., while Netflix has come aboard to stream it in the U.S. and elsewhere around the globe.
Adams’ novel was first published in 1972 and previously adapted as an animated film in 1978 and a TV series in 1999.
There’s been some speculation about what the cast of Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men movies will look like after X-Men: Apocalypse, since the stars of the prequel trilogy – Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult – are all due for contract renegotiation.
While Larence originally seemed to be dead set on leaving the franchise once Apocalypse was finished. More recently, she seems to have had a change of heart, saying she’s “dying to come back” for more X-Men movies.
McAvoy tells French outlet L’internaute that Lawrence has always seemed open to the idea of returning when speaking to him about it.
“Yeah, I’ve heard…people have said she’s not into it, stuff like that,” McAvoy said. “She’s always said to me that she would think about it. So yeah, that sounds great. I hope she does, because I love working with Jennifer. You know, we’ve been like an extended sort of family, in a weird way, for six or seven years now,” he said. “Every two years, we get back together and hang out making a movie, then in six months’ time or a year’s time, we all go on the road promoting it, and we see each other again. I’d be really said not to see her every couple of years.
McAvoy went on to say that he’s also open to returning for future X-Men movies.
“If they want me to, I’ll do more, yeah.”
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
Thanks to 20th Century Fox, we’ve got this brand new look at X-Men: Apocalypse, and from missiles launching to buildings being destroyed by that wispy smoke, the world is going to Hell, and fast. Beyond the face-off between the X-Men and Apocalypse’s forces, it almost looks like the world is falling apart naturally. However, we can most likely attribute that to some strange technology that Apocalypse has unleashed, further showing how dangerous the world’s oldest mutant is. As another example, poor Mystique is getting choked by En Sabah Nur, and her shapeshifting ability isn’t going to help her escape his grasp.
James McAvoy will star opposite Charlize Theron in Coldest City, Focus Features and Sierra/Affinity’s Sierra Films’ adaptation of the Oni Press graphic novel. Theron will be a skilled intelligence operative that is called into action when an undercover MI6 spy is killed just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. David Leitch, one-half of the JOHN WICK duo, will be tackling, directing duties on the upcoming spy thriller, THE COLDEST CITY, while his partner in hard-hitting stunts, Chad Stahelski, will handle the JOHN WICK sequel solo. Kurt Johnstad has written the screenplay for the film. Production is due to begin next month in Budapest and continue shooting in Berlin. Universal Pictures International has bought Australia/New Zealand, Benelux, China, France, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Switzerland and the U.K. DeaPlaneta acquired Spain, and Freeman Distribution/Monlith/Blitz bought Eastern Europe. It was recently reported that M. Night Shyamalan’s Blumhouse will have James McAvoy as well, instead of Joaquin Phoenix. McAvoy, 36, will next be seen in Victor Frankenstein alongside Daniel Radcliffe. He will also reprise his role of Professor Charles Xavier in “X-Men: Apocalypse”, which bows next summer.
James McAvoy is set to join Charlize Theron in spy thriller The Coldest City, sources tell Variety.
The film, to be directed by John Wick director David Leitch, centres on an undercover MI6 officer. He is killed on the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall and female super spy, Lorraine Broughton (Theron), must find a list of Berlin spies he was smuggling into the West, risking her own life to save the lives of British agents.
Production is set to begin in Budapest and Berlin in November.
McAvoy recently came on to replace Joaquin Phoenix in M Night Shyamalan’s next thriller – yet to be named – which will shoot after The Coldest City.
He can next be seen next in Victor Frankenstein opposite Daniel Radcliffe, which releases in Australia on March 10.
James McAvoy might be the next big actor to star in an M. Night Shyamalan movie. He is reportedly in talks for a role in Shyamalan’s next thriller, a part which Joaquin Phoenix was initially considered for.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that McAvoy is currently in negotiations for the untitled supernatural movie. The plot is being kept a secret. Jason Blum and Marc Bienstock are producing, and Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider are executive producing.
Shyamalan is coming off of the well-received horror movie The Visit and his FOX series Wayward Pines, which IGN thought was great across the board. These success stories come after he had a slew of critically skewered films that failed to meet box office expectations, including Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth.
McAvoy, meanwhile, has X-Men: Apocalypse and Viktor Frankenstein, which he costars in with Daniel Radcliffe, coming out over the course of the next year.
Twentieth Century Fox’s own version of Frankenstein, based on the 1818 Marry Shelley novel, is being resurrected this Thanksgiving.
Here’s two featurettes for Victor Frankenstein with James McAvoy as the title character, and Harry Potter, Horns and The Woman In Black‘s Daniel Radcliffe as the newest Igor, the hunchback assistant to Dr. Frankenstein, in the latest adaptation that will open in theaters on November 25th, 2015.
“Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. ”
Victor Frankenstein, directed by Paul McGuigan, also stars Mark Gatiss, Jessica Brown Findlay and Andrew Scott.