It’s still unclear how Bryan Singer plans to handle the alternating timelines in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is going to somehow merge the worlds of Singer’s original X-Men films (including actors like Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart) with the prequel environs of Matthew Vaughn’s winning X-Men: First Class. But the idea of characters possibly sharing scenes has been clipped by an actor in Singer’s current stable.

James McAvoy, who played a young Charles Xavier in Vaughn’s First Class, spoke to Empire about the screenplay and deflated fans’ hopes that he might appear alongside Stewart – the original Xavier – in the new movie. ComingSoon grabbed the quote, where McAvoy said he doesn’t “think we get any scenes together, sadly. I don't think there's any future self talking to past self.”

And that makes sense, if you know the original books on which this storyline is based. If Singer is going to hold fast to the original narrative (which is going to have to change slightly), Kitty Pryde is the character who travels through time to warn alternate versions of the X-Men of an impending doom that, hopefully, involves Sentinels. We reported earlier that Ellen Page, who played Pryde in Brett Ratner’s The Last Stand, would be returning for Future Past, so she seems the likely candidate to bridge the worlds. But that wouldn’t require McAvoy to share scenes with Stewart … as cool as that would be.

Singer is in pre-production on the X-Men movie right now, and has promised a presence at San Diego Comic-Con. The sequel will be in theaters on July 18, 2014.

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