Bryan Singer Wants Gambit & Nightcrawler in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated June 10th, 2014 at 4:43 pm,

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When Twentieth Century Fox and producer Lauren Shuler Donner brought director Bryan Singer back into the X-Men film universe with X-Men: First Class -  a movie Singer was originally set to direct – little did we know that the man behind the first two X-Men films would end up working on an entire new trilogy of series installments. Singer of course, had to drop out of the First Class director’s chair due to scheduling with another project (Jack the Giant Slayer) and so Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) stepped in.

For the First Class sequel, an ambitious project that also doubles as a followup to the original X-trilogy, Singer and Vaughn trade spots as both of their roles expand. Singer is helming X-Men: Days of Future Past with Vaughn producing it and Fox’s other upcoming Marvel movie, Fantastic Four, while Simon Kinberg helps write both. This of course, is just a new beginning for the studio’s own version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe where we’re going to see quicker releases between films and stories that span over multiple movies.

It’s because of that plan that Kinberg signed a three-year deal with the studio and it’s how he, Singer and writers Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, are already breaking the story for a Days of Future Past followup titled X-Men: Apocalypse, which will serve as the trilogy-closing installment for the younger First Class team.

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We know from Singer’s brief teases of the next film that it’ll be an ’80s period piece (First Class was in the ’60s and Days of Future Past takes place mostly in the ’70s) meaning we’re going to again see slightly aged versions of Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, James McAvoy’s Professor X and Nicholas Hoult’s Beast. We wouldn’t be surprised if ’80s Wolverine is in there too considering we’re seeing two versions of him in Days of Future Past.

What other mutant characters could we see on the ’80s X-Men roster fighting off against Apocalypse in a film that’ll feature the most “mass destruction” the franchise has seen and ancient mutants? According to Singer in an interview (translated) with Cine PREMIERE, he wants to bring back two familiar fan-fave characters from the comics.

“I’m considering a Gambit and potentially a young Nightcrawler for Apocalypse. [We were] going to have to Nightcrawler [in Days of Future Past] and even wrote a scene, but I felt that we were forcing too mutants known history.”

Gambit of course, was rumored to be a contender for introduction in X-Men: The Last Stand but that was before Singer – and funny enough, Vaughn too – left the project and Brett Ratner took over. The character did finally get an introduction in the spinoff X-Men Origins: Wolverine with Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch taking on the role, but suffering from the same adaptation issues most international characters face in the franchise – he lost his accent and wasn’t the “Ragin’ Cajun” fans know and love from the books. Take a look at Colossus, Banshee and Pyro for more examples of characters who didn’t get their signature accents either.

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As for the one cool X-Men who did get a good translation into live-action, Nightcrawler, the lovable teleporter stole the screen in X-Men 2 when played by Alan Cumming only to never return again. Don’t be surprised to see a younger version of him, alongside Gambit, in Apocalypse. The real question is who will play them. If X-Men: Apocalypse takes place in the ’80s, that’s not far off from where X-Men Origins: Wolverine took place so Taylor Kitsch – who expressed interested in returning to the character – could come back. But then again, producer Lauren Shuler Donner is keen on making a Gambit standalone feature with Channing Tatum, who’s willing to do Gambit’s real Cajun accent.


More: X-Men: Days of Future Past Character Analysis


Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, Evan Jonigkeit along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore.

X-Men: Days of Future Past releases May 23, 2014, followed by Fantastic Four on June 19, 2015, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016, The Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on July 14, 2017, and an unspecified Marvel film on July 13, 2018.

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Source: Cine PREMIERE (hat tip Smitty)

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  1. If they’re going for a young nightcrawler, it would be a dream if I was able to play as him

  2. Nightcrawler should be CGI. Then maybe Alan Cummings will come back to do the voice. He was so great as Nightcrawler. He can act.

    • Voice and motion capture.

  3. Alan Cumming was great as Nightcrawler. Love him!

  4. Channing Tatum as Gambit? I can’t think of anything worse, the guy has no personality or range of acting skills.
    I could see Josh Holloway in the role, or almost anyone else really but if Channing is in a standalone film I won’t be going to see it.

    • Amen.

    • Yea, I’m disappointed that Mr. Chubby-Face is playing Gambit. :/ I enjoyed Taylor’s Gambit since he embodied an energetic yet charming young Gambit. It was the movie, itself, that sucked. Taylor did the best that he could with what he had to work with. I was already getting pumped by the possibility of seeing this Gambit meet Rogue and do a love triangle. Taylor fits in the same age group as Rogue/Iceman. But noooo. We get Channing. Who looks so older looking and so beefy, it’s impossible to ever think of him as a potential love interest for Paquin’s Rogue.

  5. I say hell yeah, then bring in Cyclops, Jean, Storm, and some of my favorites Archangel, Juggernaught, Blob, Sinister, Rogue, and Sabretoothe. Archangel, Cyclops, Night crawler, Gambit and Rogue are musts. These characters are who they need to focus on in the stories for awhile.

    • Maybe we will se younger Cyclops, Jean and Storm joining de x men for the first time. The rest are unlikely.

    • I agree. A really good X-Men film needs Storm, Jean Grey, Cyclops and Wolverine plus a great story which focuses on the team. I thought the first X-Men film was really good and I thought the second was excellent. The first X-Men first class was also good. They should bring back Halle Berry, Famke Jansen, James Marsden and Hugh Jackman one more time, with some major screen time for each of their characters in the Apocolypse movie. If they would just bring back these characters with a great story, their movie would be a major success.

  6. I’m pretty sure Gambit did have an accent. Just kinda subdued.

  7. It seemed Taylor did the best with what he had to work with in Wolverine Orgins, it was a very small role, almost a cameo. But I bought his Gambit and the accent was there it was just very faint(probably the producers call). Plus Taylor has grown a lot since, despite his bombs he still puts in 100%. And I just can’t see Channing pulling Gambit off.

  8. They need to have the french guy from brick mansions play gambit…a parkour ass kicking gambit with a french accent…would be miles above taylor kitch.

    • Guys name is david belle…I know the studios all read screenrant ;)


  10. Josh Holloway would still be great as Gambit!!!

    Maybe FOX is still hoping to get him as they at one time did consider him.

  11. They where going to use Josh helman I think his name is for a young Juggernaught but then changed him to young Stryker so a young Juggernaught might make it into X-men Apocalypse, But they have to use Archangel, Cyclops, and Sinister.

  12. they should bring back cyclops and they should put gambit and bring back nightcrawler
    and emmafrost

  13. Storm needs a standalone film. She has a great origin story…though I don’t know if anyone will put another superhero film on Berry’s shoulders. :(

  14. Sounds great!

    If I would just judge from the face and the acting skills…what would you think of Jared Leto as Gambit? I think it would be a great cast

  15. Nightcrawler would be awesome, but I wonder if they’ll stick to canon and keep Mystique as his biological mother?

    • Yes yes yes and yes!

  16. hi, why don’t they make a dragonballz, thundercats, and vlotron, in hollywood

  17. Go Singer! Please please please!! Nightcrawler has to be in the next X-men movie! Make a little girl happy again and take back my Nightcrawler!

  18. As long as it’s not Allan Cumming and whoever it was he played reprising the whatever part it was supposed to be I don’t care. Cos it wasn’t any nightcrawler anyone I know recognises. How about we start with an athletic, German, actor.
    I mean, self inflicted “Enochian . Marks….. Erm, that would be classed as self harm, and ergo sinful, as any (as nightcrawler is supposed to be) devout catholic knows.
    I could parse more on the wrongness of that portrayal, but I have neither the time or inclination. Nightcrawler fans know from whence I speak.

  19. Alan Cummings I have met him many years ago, he needs to come back to the XMEN franchise. I heard he Singer never got on which is a shame, yet Nightcrawler need his own movie.

  20. any one else could play the role of gambit but not chanin Tatum and if possible bring back Taylor kitsch

    • Yea. I second that. Taylor made a decent Gambit, despite the small material he had to work with. He just had that young, raw energy that made Gambit who he is. And Taylor would’ve been in the appropriate age group as Paquin’s Rogue to make a love triangle work. Sadly, we got Tatum. He definitely does not embody the suave, lean, anti-heroic character. I hope Channing proves me wrong since we’re stuck with him now. :/