New Wolverine film 'probably the end of the franchise' for Sir Patrick Stewart

Sir Patrick Stewart, who plays Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films, says that the forthcoming Wolverine film is likely to be his last appearance in the franchise.

Filming is currently under way on The Wolverine sequel which is due for release in March next year. Speaking to our reporter Adam Fowler at the University of Huddersfield earlier, Sir Patrick said:

I would imagine this is probably the end of this franchise for me. But the thing about science fiction and fantasy is that you can never, ever say it's the end, it's over.

– Sir Patrick Stewart

The as-yet-untitled Wolverine film will mark Sir Patrick Stewart's seventh appearance as the character (including cameos in the previous two films). Star Hugh Jackman has already said it will be his last outing in the titular role.

Sir Patrick went on to say that in this film, he will play a 'very different Charles Xavier... nothing like the Charles Xavier you've seen in the past'.