Bryan Singer will direct X-Men: Apocalypse, the next movie in the long-running blockbuster franchise.
The new movie, which is due for release in May 2016, will be the eighth in the comic book series and the fourth directed by Bryan Singer.
Bryan Singer took the helm for the first two X-Men releases and returned for this year’s Days of Future Past.
The film-maker had long been associated with taking the director’s chair for X-Men: Apocalypse.
Bryan Singer will direct X-Men: Apocalypse
After taking charge for the initial releases in the series, Bryan Singer handed over to other film-makers including James Mangold and Brett Ratner before returning for this year’s episode.
Apocalypse is set 10 years after Days of Future Past and will star Hugh Jackman as recurring character Wolverine, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult.
The superheroes have to face their most unrelenting foe yet.
The X-Men franchise – seven films to date – has so far taken more than $3 billion in box office receipts around the world.
Takings have increased with each release, and the most recent – Days of Future Past – has amassed $746 million internationally since its release in May.
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Anna Paquin’s character Rogue will no longer feature in X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer has revealed.
Anna Paquin, 31, had reprised her role in a rescue sequence shot early in the sequel’s production that has since been adjudged to be surplus to requirements.
Bryan Singer told Entertainment Weekly the scene had become “extraneous” and “was just one of the things that had to go”.
Anna Paquin, the director said, “completely understood” that “films evolve”.
Anna Paquin’s character Rogue will no longer feature in X-Men: Days of Future Past
He said Anna Paquin had done “a fantastic job” in the X-Men sequel, had been “awesome” in the sequence and was “a brilliant actress”.
The scene, which took a week to shoot, had seen Anna Paquin appear alongside Ian McKellen’s Magneto, Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and Shawn Ashmore’s younger mutant Iceman.
Bryan Singer said the sequence would “probably” feature on the film’s DVD and that he would work with Anna Paquin again “in a heartbeat”.
“It’s very disappointing, but she’s very professional and she knows that stuff happens, particularly with material you shoot early on in production.”
The announcement follows Anna Paquin’s appearance at last July’s Comic Con event in San Diego, California alongside fellow members of the Future Past cast.
Bryan Singer directed the first two installments in the X-Men series, which deal with characters endowed with superhuman abilities and the difficulties they face assimilating into society.
Anna Paquin was 11 when she won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in The Piano. She played Rogue in the first three X-Men movies before landing the role of Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood.
Jennifer Lawrence has hit the X-Men set like a bolt from the blue and her fans have been given a glimpse of the 22-year-old star in all her painted glory as she reprises her role as Mystique in the hit franchise.
In a snap shared on Twitter by the film’s director Bryan Singer, Jennifer Lawrence is covered in the bright color to record scenes in the Days of Future Past edition of the motion picture franchise.
Bryan Singer captioned the image: “First look: #JenniferLawrence as a vengeful #Mystique. #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast.”
The material showed off her toned stomach with a cut-out middle section and featured textured pieces to create reptile effect for the Marvels Comics mutant.
Jennifer Lawrence also wore her usually blonde locks slicked back into a flaming orange style while on set in Montreal, Canada.
Her looks were being adjusted by a hair and make-up team member as she stood in front of a green screen.
Jennifer Lawrence is covered in blue to record scenes in the Days of Future Past edition of X-Men franchise
The backdrop is for use in a special effects post-production technique to composition two images or video streams together.
Jennifer Lawrence wore piercing yellow eye contact lenses and even the whites of her eyes seemed to be temporarily dyed to for the eerie look.
The actress also played Mystique/Raven in 2011’s X-Men: First Class and so for the sequel is her only film set for release in 2014.
However, this year Jennifer Lawrence will also reprise her role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire alongside Liam Hemsworth.
In 2013 she also is due to appear in American Hustle with Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper, plus Devil You Know and Serena.
Jennifer Lawrence’s ex-boyfriend Nicholas Hoult appears as Hank McCoy/beast, while Jame McAvoy portrays Charles Xavier and Ellen Page is Kitty Pride/Shadowcat.