James McAvoy Will Finally Be Losing His Hair For X-Men: Apocalypse

James McAvoy has done a truly spectacular job establishing himself within the X-Men franchise as the younger version of Professor Charles Xavier – even under the pressure of living up to the performances of the great Patrick Stewart. But while the Scottish star has brought amazing emotional levels to the character in both X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, one key aesthetic element that has been completely missing is the trademark chrome dome. That will finally be changing in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.

This little scoop was provided by James McAvoy himself, who was recently a guest on Huffpost Live and spilled the beans about his bald future. While he makes it sound like the decision to have him shave his head has not yet been made 100% official, his phrasing also suggests that it has been discussing with the franchise’s writers and producers. Said the actor,

"I have no idea what's going on. I think I'm losing my hair finally... and yeah, that's kind of all I know."

So it doesn’t sound like there’s been a ton of communication between the filmmakers and the cast, but McAvoy did add that he recently got an email from Simon Kinberg – one of the franchise’s key writers and producers – who let McAvoy know that everything has been going well with the screenplay and that he was getting "dead excited". Kinberg added that he could provide any details about X-Men: Apocalypsefor a few more weeks, which is probably because the filmmakers know that McAvoy would be going around doing interviews and getting asked questions about the film. He can’t talk about what he doesn’t know!

As for James McAvoy’s Professor finally going bald, it makes plenty of sense when you really think about it. The version of Xavier that will be featured in X-Men: Apocalypse is going to be more than 20 years older than the version we met in X-Men: First Class. That means the film is going to need to significantly age the character – and what better way to do that than by making him a cue ball? Or maybe he just saw how good Patrick Stewart looked rocking the look during his glimpse into the future in Days of Future Past and decided to adopt it for himself.

Obviously McAvoy didn’t have many big details to share about the 2016 blockbuster, but he has actually been doing some serious thinking about the project. Just looking at the title alone, he thinks that we can expect a new X-Men movie that will exist on a very big scale. The star explained,

"It seems fairly global, if we're talking ‘Apocalypse.’ Maybe it's just the character's name, but I think the nature of the movie is going to be fairly apocalyptic as well."

X-Men: Apocalypse, which will likely be directed by Bryan Singer, is going to be entering production next year and will be in theaters on

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