X-Men: Apocalypse is currently in production in Canda (as is fellow comic book movie adaptation Suicide Squad), but director Bryan Singer has been keeping fans invested in the film's development since before pre-production began. Singer, over the past few months in particular, has broken several casting announcements through Twitter/Instagram, like how Olivia Munn is playing Betsy Braddock a.k.a. Psylocke or that Lucas Till will reprise his X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past role as Alex Summers/Havok.
Singer was also the first to post an image of Kodi Smit-McPhee as young Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, before Smit-McPhee also made the picture available through his own Twitter account. However, the paparazzi beat Singer to the punch when it came to revealing other young versions of well-known X-Men that will appear in Apocalypse, such as Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan).
It may or may not have been done in response to the leaked set images, but now Singer has posted an official set photo featuring Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) and newcomer Lana Condor in costume as, respectively, the young versions of Jean Grey and Jubilation Lee/Jubilee featured in Apocalypse. Check it out, below.
X-Men: Apocalypse picks up with the First Class versions of characters like Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Ravin/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) in the year 1983, as teased earlier this week when Singer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg posted pictures of a theater marquee reading Return of the Jedi.
The setting, as the above pic of Jean Grey and Jubilee illustrates, will be reflected in the young mutants' haircuts and fashion choices too (see also: Nightcrawler rockin' a Michael Jackson jacket). Meanwhile, the social/political climate of the '80s will be as important to the Apocalypse storyline as the '70s were to Days of Future Past and '60s were to First Class and their narratives.
For example, when Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) awakens near the beginning of the film, he won't be so crazy about the mentality of Reagan-era America - nor will he approve of mutants (see: Professor X and his students) living in peace alongside non-mutants there. Isaac's already said that, in the eyes of the ancient super-powerful Apocalypse, the X-Men are weak and "enslaved to themselves."
Kinberg has also spoken about how, in Apocalypse, audiences will get to watch characters like Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Ororo Munroe/Storm (Alexanra Shipp) evolve into their older and more mature X-men personas - much as we got to see with characters like Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) in First Class and Days of Future Past. Similarly, the film will also bring some closure to the character-driven threads that've been developed over the course of the previous First Class installments - like Magneto and Mystique's relationship, to be exact.
Apocalypse, by the sound of it, has the potential to be a strong finish to the First Class X-Men movie trilogy, but also a film that will establish several new versions of classic X-Men - characters who could appear in a future adventure together, if that's the plan. For the time being, however, it's not exactly clear what 20th Century Fox's X-Men franchise plans are, after 2017 (which is the last year the studio has an announced X-Men film, in Wolverine 3, scheduled).
X-Men: Apocalypse will bring back James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Lucas Till as Havok and Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert.
Joining the cast are Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, Tye Sheridan as young Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as young Storm, Sophie Turner as young Jean Grey, Kodi Smit-McPhee as young Nightcrawler, Lana Condor as Jubilee, Ben Hardy as Angel and Olivia Munn as Psylocke. X-Men Apocalypse is written by Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four (2015)), Dan Harris (X2) and Michael Dougherty (X2), and is directed by Bryan Singer.
Fantastic Four opens August 7th, 2015, Deadpool on February 12th, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, Gambit on October 7th, 2016, Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on June 9th, 2017, and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018.
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