With the new X-Men movie in the midst of production, it is time to take note of who all the new faces will be in the last and third iteration of the Bryan Singer X-Men trilogy, X-Men: Apocalypse. Oscar Isaac (who will play the titular villain) will star opposite an enormous ensemble in the film, including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Rose Byrne as their “First Class” characters. In addition, “Apocalypse” will see the return of Evan Peters as Quicksilver and newcomers Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Sophie Turner Jean Grey, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy as Angel, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Olivia Munn as Psylocke. The film is written by Simon Kinberg from a treatment by Mike Dougherty, Dan Harris and Kinberg.
Said to be the conclusion of a trilogy started with X-Men: First Class and continued with X-Men: Days of Future Past, the Bryan Singer-directed X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 27, 2016. Here’s all the new New Super Heroes We Will See In X-Men Apocalypse:
Oscar Isaac – Apocalypse
There is so much to say about the main villain, our favorite villain of all time, that we dedicated rather plenty of posts towards this epic character. Check-out some of these Apocalypse posts here.
En Sabah Nur, translates as “The First One,” suggesting that Apocalypse might be the first mutant in existence. He was born with grey skin and blue traces around his features, and had powerful gifts from the time of his birth. Apocalypse’s various powers include flight, invulnerability, superhuman strength, teleportation, telekinesis … basically, he’s invincible. His roots trace back to ancient Egypt (hence, the setting of the Days of Future Past clip), and his difficult lifespan included bouts of enslavement, and fierce battles for power. Along the way, he created his Four Horsemen – Pestilence, Famine, War and Death – who were seen in silhouette in the X-Men: Days of Future tease. So while we don’t know how deep into Apocalypse’s rich history the movie will plunge, as there are countless volumes of X-Men comics on which the film can draw (literally, at one point, Apocalypse fights and kills Dracula in the X-Men books), we assume that the evil mutant’s plan to conquer and enslave unworthy mutants will be part of the villain’s on-screen motivations. \
Sophie Turner – Jean Grey
The Game of Thrones star will be donning the phoenix colors in this X-Men iteration. It will be interesting to see how the relationship with her and Wolverine shapes up. If Sophie can bring anything as intense to the screen as her role as Sansa Stark, then this will be a huge success for her.
Channing Tatum – Gambit
Gambit, who will be played by Channing Tatum in future installments of X-Men films. Here’s where we have to pull back just a tad. Bryan Singer has suggested Gambit could be in X-Men: Apocalypse. We have heard that Apocalypse could serve as a cameo for Tatum, to introduce him in this part but prepare him for a spinoff solo film. At this stage, it’s clear that Channing Tatum will be an integral part of the X-Men universe moving forward, playing rambunctious Remy LeBeau. We think it will be in X-Men: Apocalypse, and in movies down the line. But for now, it’s all very fluid.
Evan Peters – Quicksilver
One character we know for sure is returning will be Evan Peters’ crowd-pleasing Quicksilver, who many would argue stole the show out from A-list co-stars like Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy with his spectacular prison-break sequence. Acknowledging the fact that fans loved the Quicksilver scenes from X-Men: Days of Future Past, screenwriter Simon Kinberg confirmed that he’s getting a much bigger role in X-Men: Apocalypse, saying that they want to go deeper into the motivations of the character while also figuring out new ways to showcase his unique powers.
Ben Hardy – Angel
Warren Worthington III has been featured in the X-Men movies before. Ben Foster played Angel in the ill-fated X-Men: The Last Stand, though the sequel tried to hard to cram the hero’s arc into one movie. I wonder, then, how Singer will approach Angel, because British actor Ben Hardy has been confirmed to be playing him on screen in Apocalypse. This makes sense. In the comics, Angel fell under the spell of Apocalypse, even morphing into the evil Archangel and serving as one of the Four Horsemen. Could we go down that dark corridor in next summer’s blockbuster?
Olivia Munn – Psylocke
We’re particularly looking forward to see Psylocke in action. The Newsroom and Magic Mike co-star Olivia Munn has been spotted on set as Psylocke, a gifted telepath with the power of telekinesis who is making her first appearance in an X-Men movie. Landa Condor – Jubilee Lana Condor recently was hired by Singer to play Jubilee in the movie. Her character rose to popularity in the 1990s animated X-Men series, and also makes her on-screen debut with Apocalypse. Lucas Till – Havoc Lucas Till is set to return as Havoc for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. An interesting point to note is that Till will share the screen with Tye Sheridan, who plays the young Cyclops in the film, marking the first time the two brother characters have appeared in the same film in the franchise’s history. Given the age difference in the two, however, it’s possible they may not be related as they are in the source material.
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Kodi Smit-McPhee – Nightcrawler
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Cyclops, Storm and Jean aren’t the only familiar faces getting a “casting” makeover. Bryan Singer announced that Nightcrawler, who came to life in the director’s X2: X-Men United, will be an integral part or next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse. And, again, this will be a younger version of the character, played on screen by Let Me In and The Road co-star Kodi Smit-McPhee. Singer clearly has admiration and affection for the hero, and he showed in X2 that he understands how to manifest Nightcrawler’s teleportation powers with a proper “Bamf!” We can’t wait to see what he has in store for Apocalypse.
Rose Byrne – Moira MacTaggert
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, “Apocalypse” writer and producer Simon Kinberg says that MacTaggert is “a significant character in the movie. We ended First Class with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. They are, essentially, strangers to her when she meets them.” He adds that there will be further developments between Professor Charles Xavier and Byrne’s character. “It’s certainly a rich relationship that we started to dig into in First Class, and would like to mine more in this one.”
Tye Sheridan – Cyclops
Not much is known about the ‘Tree of life’ and ‘Joe’ star Tye, no doubt he will play a major role in the last part of the Singer X-Men trilogy. This movie will be the first time the two brother (Cyclops and Havoc) have appeared in the same film in the franchise’s history. Given the age difference in the two, however, it’s possible they may not be related as they are in the source material.
Landa Condor – Jubilee
Lana Condor recently was hired by Singer to play Jubilee in the movie. Her character rose to popularity in the 1990s animated X-Men series, and also makes her on-screen debut with Apocalypse.
Lucas Till – Havoc
Lucas Till is set to return as Havoc for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. An interesting point to note is that Till will share the screen with Tye Sheridan, who plays the young Cyclops in the film, marking the first time the two brother characters have appeared in the same film in the franchise’s history. Given the age difference in the two, however, it’s possible they may not be related as they are in the source material.
Alexanndra Shipp – Storm
Shipp is known playing KT Rush on the show “House of Anubis” and for headlining Lifetime’s recent biopic “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B. We’re still waiting for a nice image of the star as the storm wielding super hero.