The last few X-MEN films have been missing a transporting blue-favorite, but that will change with the next planned installment ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’. While the mutant Kurt Wagner is set to return to the growing X-Men film franchise, an even younger version of Nightcrawler will also be introduced to the series.
It was X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer that confirmed the latest casting. Singer posted the news via his Instagram account, notifying fans that the ‘Let Me In’ and ‘The Road’ star Kodi Smit-McPhee will be suiting up and joining the star-studded cast as a younger version of Nightcrawler. The mutant is a popular staple in the comics and early animated series. Nightcrawler is both blue-skinned and has an amazing teleport ability that has proved to be both fun to watch on screen, and useful to the X-Men crew. Singer stated on Instagram, “Excited to welcome @kodismitmcphee to the cast of #XmenApocalypse as young #Nightcrawler. @alexvaughanphoto”
This won’t be the first installment to feature Nightcrawler, he first appeared in the earlier X-Men film ‘X2: X-Men United’. You might remember him flashing about in puffs of black-smoke as he took on the White House guards and attacked the president with a small dagger held by his tail. The original role was played by the wonderfully talented Alan Cumming, but he was not put in any X-Men films since then. Thankfully, the character will be coming back, even though it appears we will still not be getting back Alan Cumming.
Casting for the film has attracted multiple headlines. Earlier this year Singer confirmed a fantastic list of actors that will be playing the younger versions of Jean Grey, Storm, and Cyclops in the film. Alexandra Shippp will play Storm, Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones) will be the new Jean Grey, and Tye Sheridan will lead the X-Men crew as Cyclops. It was also confirmed that Rose Byrne will return as Moira MacTaggert. Not returning this time around are fan-favorites Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, since the time-travelling plot will mostly stay in the past.
Fans still have a long wait before ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ hits theaters, the film will debut on May 27, 2016.