X-Men: Apocalypse, the next installment in the latest X-Men trilogy, has already recast a number of roles for younger actors—with Sophie Turner coming on board as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan set to play Cyclops, and Alexandra Shipp lined up as a new Storm—but it looks like they needed just one more to round out their now-teen crew. Time travel is a weird thing.
/Film reports that Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, The Road, Paranorman) has just signed on to play Nightcrawler in the new feature, a casting bit announced on director Bryan Singer’s Instagram. (As ever, the filmmaker has taken to social media to announce casting choices, eschewing the typical news cycle in favor of a lot of “likes” and “faves.”) Although it had long been suspected that Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm would need to be recast to fit into the film’s ’80s-set plot, a new Nightcrawler comes as a bit of a surprise.
Nightcrawler (a.k.a. Kurt Wagner, aka The Incredible Nightcrawler) previously appeared in X2: X-Men United, where he was played (quite excellently) by Alan Cumming. X-Men: Apocalypse will see the team from X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days Of Future Past living it up in ’80s, including returning stars Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, and Hugh Jackman (maybe). The final entry in the new trilogy will introduce Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, the first mutant who has some, well, destructive ideas about life on Earth.
The film will open on May 27, 2016.