Like so many other Internet-ordained before him, Sir Ian McKellen will be doing the dearly-beloveds at a good friend’s upcoming wedding.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, McKellen announced during an appearance on the British talk show The Jonathan Ross Show that he would be officiating at X-Men co-star Patrick Stewart’s upcoming wedding to Sunny Ozell, a New York-based jazz singer. It won’t be McKellen’s first time at the altar, either, as he said he had once led a civil partnership ceremony for two other friends.
McKellen won’t need to add “Father” before his “Sir”: although many people who perform weddings for friends do so by becoming ministers through the Universal Life Church, that step is unnecessary in Massachusetts, where McKellen said the wedding would take place. The Bay State offers a “one day marriage designation” that, for $25 and a character reference, allows any friend or family member of the couple to legally perform a wedding.
Still, it’s too bad for engaged X-Men fans eager to file Magneto into their wedding-planning binders. That same Massachusetts law states that will make the happy day possible for Stewart says that one-day officiants are really limited to one day, and cannot generally be certified for more than a day per year.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is due in theaters July 18, 2014, and the two can also be seen co-starring in two theater productions this fall. They’re working together on Broadway revivals of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, the latter of which they performed in 2009 in London. Their first time working together was in the 1977 production of Tom Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.