[WARNING: The following post contains POSSIBLE SPOILERS for X-Men: Apocalypse.]
For months now, fans of Fox's X-Men franchise have been promised that next year's installment, X-Men: Apocalypse, would be even bigger than X-Men: Days of Future Past. Given the film's epic scale, it's easy to see how that could be the case, but the way things are coming together, the film could feature just as many beloved mutant characters as its timeline-mashing predecessor.
In addition to perhaps the final appearance of the main cast of X-Men: First Class, the film has already added younger versions of original trilogy mainstays like Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) to the fold, as well as a young Nightcrawler played by Kodi Smit-McPhee. However, it looks like - if a new report proves to be true - we can now add three more actors to that list.
Umberto Gonzalez (a.k.a. El Mayimbe of Latino-Review) took to Instagram today with a big casting update on X-Men: Apocalypse. Here's what he had to say:
RT! BONUS #HOT #MARVEL #SCOOP Source tells me that X-MEN: APOCALYPSE begins principal photography in Montreal on April 28th & will feature cameos of Hugh Jackman's #Wolverine, Halle Berry's #Storm & get this...Channing Tatum's #GAMBIT! BOOM! #XMEN #APOCALYPSE #SCOOP #2016
The April start of production is nothing new, and the confirmation that Hugh Jackman would (again) reprise the role of Wolverine isn't very surprising. After all, Jackman himself recently declared that he'd be happy to play the adamantium-clawed mutant until he dies.
Conversely, the addition of Halle Berry to the roster is a new development that hadn't really been discussed, as many fans considered Days of Future Past more of a coda for the core original trilogy, and the casting of Shipp as a younger Storm seemed to confirm that assumption. With Ian McKellen already returning as Magneto and now Berry seemingly on board, it'll be interesting to see which other past actors will come back for this adventure.
However, the big news here is likely the apparent confirmation that Channing Tatum will make his much-discussed debut as Gambit in Apocalypse prior to appearing in his own solo adventure just a few months later. We've long known that director Bryan Singer hoped to bring the character back into play with this new film, and there is hardly a better place to re-introduce him to the franchise than the highly anticipated sequel to the series' highest-grossing box office hit worldwide.
If this report is true, it does make us wonder who else might be joining the party in X-Men: Apocalypse. With the film coming out just a few months after Ryan Reynolds finally headlines the much anticipated (by the geek community, at least) Deadpool film, perhaps the Merc with the Mouth will show up as well.
Who would you like to see make cameo appearances in the next X-Men film? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts.
Deadpool hits theaters on February 12, 2016, followed by X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016, Gambit on October 7, 2016, Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3, 2017 and an unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018.
Source: Umberto Gonzalez