X-Men: Apocalypse Casts Its Nightcrawler

Marvel Nightcrawler

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Bryan Singer has once again taken to Instagram to announce some additional casting for X-Men: Apocalypse. He’s been doing a wonderful job of teasing through social media, which has a lot of fans excited to see where this newly rebooted clan of X-Men – led by Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy – will go next.

It was recently revealed that a slew of young talent was joining as Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm, including Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. Joining them as Nightcrawler will be The Road and Let Me In star Kodi Smit-McPhee. He will take on the younger version of the role played by Alan Cumming in X2: X-Men United.

Excited to welcome @kodismitmcphee to the cast of #XmenApocalypse as young #Nightcrawler. @alexvaughanphoto

A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Feb 17, 2015 at 8:21pm PST

As you can see from the image within Singer’s Instagram post above, Smit-McPhee has grown up considerably since he played the kid in The Road in 2009. As we noted with the previous casting choices, this is yet another example of bringing promising young actors into a franchise with a long list of stars. Considering the success that Singer and Co. have found with X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, there’s no reason to think that Smit-McPhee won’t work as Nightcrawler.

This further fleshes out a cast that includes James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast and Oscar Isaac as the titular villain, Apocalypse. There have also been rumblings that Channing Tatum may make his debut as Gambit (before his own solo movie bows in 2016) and that Hugh Jackman could return as Wolverine.

We’ll undoubtedly know more soon, as X-Men: Apocalypse is due to start shooting this spring in Canada. It opens May 27, 2016.