When Fox made the decision to do a soft reboot of their X-Men universe in 2011, they did so by going back to the ’60s and telling new stories with familiar characters, but with different actors in the roles. This brought fans James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, and more recently four new faces in X-Men: Apocalypse. However, X-Men: First Class also gave Nicholas Hoult a prominent role as Beast.
Hoult has so far made three appearances as the character, enough that it was believed his contract had been fulfilled to this point. This appeared to be confirmed when a report stated that he, McAvoy, Fassbender, and Lawrence were not under contract for the next film, which we now know to be X-Men: Supernova. While nothing is official yet, Hoult believes Beast will be back.
HeyUGuys asked Hoult if there were plans for him to return as Beast one more time, despite the next film not even being officially announced at this point. Unless he is being fed false information, Hoult says that he will be back as Beast for the next movie.
I think I’m involved. I’d be happy to go back – I love playing that character and I love everyone involved and I know there’s one in the works…
Hoult’s comments come on the heels of Supernova gaining a lot of traction recently. The movie has long been rumored to take up the Dark Phoenix storyline from the comics, which makes sense given Jean Grey’s triumphant moment at the end of Apocalypse. Speaking of Jean, Sophie Turner has confirmed that she will (unsurprisingly) be involved and that filming will begin this summer. With James McAvoy also hinting at his involvement, it looks as though most of the cast from Apocalypse will be back.
This still leaves characters like Magneto, Mystique, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm, or even Jubilee still unconfirmed. Some of them will more than likely not return, as there is probably a desire to introduce new characters as well. Figuring out who is and is not involved has reportedly fallen on the shoulders of Simon Kinberg, who is reportedly both writing and directing the film.
If Supernova is progressing as quickly as it appears to be, it should not be long before more of the cast is confirmed to return, or not. Fox needs this to be a hit after a mixed reception to Apocalypse critically, and a less than desired box office haul. Hopefully Kinberg and co. are up for the task.