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New 'X-Men' movie coming in 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The "X-Men" franchise will get another boost in 2016 with the release of "X-Men: Apocalypse."

Veteran "X-Men" director and producer Bryan Singer hinted at the next installment via Twitter on Thursday when he wrote, "#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!" Fox confirmed the film will open in wide release Memorial Day weekend, on May 27, 2016.

Apocalypse is a major villain from the "X-Men" comics who appeared in the 1980s. Singer has worked on all the Marvel mutant-focused films since the first "X-Men" was released in 2000. He's also directing the next movie in the franchise, "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

Scheduled for a May 23, 2014, release, the film will star Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Paquin, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Shawn Ashmore and Nicholas Hoult.

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