One of the most fascinating and frustrating things about the X-Men film series has been the casting. On the one hand they nailed it by recruiting actors like Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen to play Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto respectively, but then fall flat bringing on Halle Berry to play Storm. I will submit that it may not be entirely Berry’s fault, and suggest that Storm never had much of a beefy role in the franchise (did she say more than three lines in Days of Future Past?), but through the glories of time travel, the X-Men franchise is looking to correct past mistakes (or missteps). Bryan Singer has announced the latest additions of the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse, the new and younger versions of Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey.
Via Singer’s Twitter feed came the announcement of our latest X-Man and Ladies:
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) January 23, 2015
In case you don’t know your actor Twitter handles that’s Alexandra Shipp (Nickelodeon: House of Anubis, Drumline: A New Beat), Tye Sheridan (Joe, Mud) and Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones). If those names look familiar in regards to X-Men casting, it’s because they were all on the short list revealed earlier this month as part of the final round of testing for the parts. Turner may the most familiar of the trio thanks to four seasons on Game of Thrones, but Sheridan has proven he can hold his own against some heavy weight thespians and work with challenging filmmakers like Terrance Malick on The Tree of Life. Theoretically, he should be able to navigate the role of Cyclops fine.
X-Men: Apocalypse will continue the journey started in 2011’s X-Men: First Class as the audience is taken back through the decades of past mutant adventures. Set in the 80s, Apocalypse will see Professor Xavier (James McAvoy), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), and a new class of X-Men including Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey take on the immortal mutant En Sabah Nur AKA: Apocalypse, who you might have saw in the stinger at the end of Days of Future Past. Apocalypse will be played by Oscar Isaac. Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Evan Peters will also be returning as Magneto, Mystique and Quicksilver respectively; Jackman is in negotiations to return as Wolverine; and Channing Tatum may appear as Gambit. Simon Kinberg wrote the script from a story by Singer and his X2 screenwriters Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris.
So Apocalypse is shaping up rather well. It still might be fun to go “back to the future” and see an X-Men adventure from where Days of Future Past left off with all the “old” X-Men actors reunited and alive in a far less dystopian future. It’s been discussed that Apocalypse will close out that particular trilogy, of X-films and the next in the series will spin off in a new direction, so it’s possible the future will be revisited. Regardless though, it’s a great time to be an X-fan with Sentinels, and now Apocalypse, getting their big screen bow.
X-Men Apocalypse will be in theaters everywhere May 27, 2016.