This summer will mark the fifteenth anniversary of X-Men, the very first live-action film to bring characters like Professor X, Wolverine, Rogue and Cyclops to the big screen and a key milestone among the early wave of successful comic book movies that would later build up to the explosion of the genre into what it is today.
Between then and now the X-Men characters have actually become younger on screen, as the current series of films are prequels showing the origins and evolution of the mutant superhero team - something that started with X-Men: First Class in 2011 and continued last year, with the time-traveling saga X-Men: Days of Future Past.
So far the only characters from the original X-Men movie that have been featured in the prequel setting are old friends Charles Xavier and Magneto, the shape-shifting Mystique, the virtually immortal Wolverine and younger versions of Beast and Toad. Upcoming release X-Men: Apocalypse was already set to introduce younger versions of Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Storm (Alexandra Shipp), and now another familiar character is set to return with fewer years behind him.
Nightcrawler, the blue-skinned teleporter who was played by Alan Cumming in X-Men 2, will be played by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Kodi Smit-McPhee in X-Men: Apocalypse, according to an Instagram post by director Bryan Singer.