The cast of X-Men Apocalypse has certainly been shaping up—the upcoming sequel to Days of Future Past will primarily focus on the First Class cast in the ‘80s as they face their most Earth-shattering foe yet. We’re all well-acquainted the big names attached to Bryan Singer’s next installment, but you might not be too familiar with the latest star to join the franchise. Ben Hardy, known best for his role on EastEnders, has signed on for X-Men: Apocalypse, and while you might not know that name just yet, he’s apparently landed a “significant” role.
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Before the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Hugh Jackman said that he was pretty positive that he wouldn’t be playing Wolverine much longer. But now that the actor is appearing in X-Men: Apocalypse and starring in a third Wolverine solo film — which will mark his ninth time playing the hero on screen — he seems to have changed his tune. Jackman says he wants to play Wolverine forever, and with that attitude and his massive appeal, Fox just might let him.
One of the highlights of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past was Quicksilver’s big, slow-mo action sequence. Although early looks at Evan Peters in the film didn’t exactly inspire confidence, both Peters and Singer really delivered on the promise of the character, giving us one of the most memorable X-moments to date. If you were curious about whether we’d see Peters reprise the role for X-Men: Apocalypse, the actor has revealed that it’s quite likely.
X-Men: Apocalypse is continuing the tradition of recasting classic X-Men as younger characters (Sophie Turner as Jean Grey and Tye Sheridan as Cyclops), so it should be no surprise that another fan favorite is getting recast. Director Bryan Singer announced on Instagram that Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) has signed on to star as Nightcrawler, a sleazy Hollywood paparazzi who will stop at nothing to get his shot. (Wait...)
Last week, The Hollywood Reporter reported (hence their name) that the cast was starting to come together for Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool movie. Haywire star Gina Carano joined the film as a mutant named Angel Dust, while it was also revealed that the character of Colossus would appear as well. No actor was given for that role, and I’d originally assumed the part would probably be played by Daniel Cudmore, who first filled the oversized boots of the Russian, metal-skinned mutant in X2 before appearing again in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past. But now Cudmore has ruined that prediction on Twitter:
X-Men: Apocalypse is set to begin filming this summer, but director Bryan Singer is already hard at work getting ready for the start of production. He may be busy, but not so busy that he can't snap a quick photo of some X-Men: Apocalypse concept art to get the internet all excited. And confused? The mysterious shot has sparked a lot of debate, so let's try to figure out exactly what Singer is trying to show us.
Matthew Vaughn has twice departed a franchise after directing the first installment: first, there was Kick-Ass, which was followed up by a horribly underwhelming (to say the least) sequel. Then there was X-Men: First Class, in which Vaughn reinvigorated the franchise with a fantastic origin story, followed by Bryan Singer’s triumphant return with Days of Future Past. But if Vaughn had stuck around for the X-Men sequel, things might have been a little bit different.
We still have quite some time before ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ is unleashed in theaters, and while the film doesn’t even begin shooting until April, Bryan Singer is already teasing fans with the promise of new and exciting things—like a photo of something old that’s ready to be made into something new again. That something? Well, it might be Cerebro. And it might be something else.
Here’s a juicy tidbit from Professor Charles Xavier himself, Patrick Stewart, who’s currently promoting a new indie movie called ‘Match.’ Asked about his possible status for future ‘X-Men’ movies by The Oregonian, Stewart confirmed that it’s “very unlikely” he’ll be a part of the upcoming ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ movie that will see young versions of the classic X-Men lineup (including Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, and Alexandra Shipp as Storm) face off against Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse. But Stewart did reveal that Ian McKellen’s Magneto will make an ‘Apocalypse’-tic appearance, and that his Professor X could be turning up in the next solo Wolverine movie alongside Hugh Jackman. Here’s the quote: