Kodi Smit-McPhee Joins “X-Men: Apocalypse” as Nightcrawler; Bryan Singer Shares New Production Art

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by Justin Cook

While X-Men: Apocalypse doesn’t hit theaters until 2016, director Bryan Singer recently treated fans to a behind-the-scenes picture from the film, and an exciting casting announcement.

Starting off with the casting announcement, Singer revealed via Instagram that actor Kodi Smit-McPhee will star as Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse. His post to the site was a picture of Smit-McPhee with a caption under it saying, “Excited to welcome @kodysmitmcphee to the cast of #XmenApocalypse as young #Nighcrawler.”

Smit-McPhee, who is only 18 years old, has starred such notable films as The Road, Let Me In, ParaNorman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He is also not the first actor to play the character of Nightcrawler onscreen, as Alan Cumming played Nightcrawler back in 2003’s X2: X-Men United. Although many praised Cumming’s performance in the film, he never returned to play the character.

Smit-McPhee has joined a cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters and Channing Tatum.

Now shifting gears, Singer also posted production art from Apocalypse to his Instagram account on Monday. The picture was posted with a caption from Singer saying, “Some production art. #XmenApocalypse #GrantMajor I was a little busy but will continue to snap more.” The mysterious image, done by Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings production designer Grant Major, is slightly blurry, but still clear enough to make out one very important aspect.

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Some have speculated that the ship seen in the picture could be Ship, from the X-Men comics. Ship is an A.I. created by the Celestials (oldest beings in the Marvel Comics universe) that was originally used to keep an eye on human progress, but was eventually enslaved by Apocalypse (or otherwise known as En Sabah Nur at the time). Apocalypse began using Ship as his own personal headquarters, for him and the Four Hoursemen.

The character standing in front of the ship is extremely hard to make out as well, so for all we know it could be any character from the X-Men universe.

In the film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Inside Llewyn Davis actor Oscar Isaac will play the role of Apocalypse.

The movie will serve as a conclusion of sorts to the modern X-Men film trilogy, which includes Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, which was released in 2011, and Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was released in 2014.

Speculation aside, we won’t know for sure what is being shown to us in this image until X-Men: Apocalypse is released on May 27, 2016.

Production Art Source: Instagram

Smit-McPhee Source: Instagram 

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