by Justin Cook
It appears that Rose Byrne, who played CIA agent Moira MacTaggert in 2011’s X-Men: First Class, will return to the franchise in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
The actress was noticeably absent from last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, but apparently will have a big role in the next X-Men movie. Simon Kinberg, screenwriter of Apocalypse said, “She’s a significant character in the movie. We ended First Class with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. They are, essentially, strangers to her when she meets them.”
MacTaggert was Professor X’s love interest in First Class, and her relationship with Charles Xavier will be an important part of the upcoming film. Kinberg briefly talked about the relationship between these two characters by saying, “It’s certainly a rich relationship that we started to dig into in First Class, and would like to mine more in this one.”
Byrne will be joining a cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac and Evan Peters. Other recent additions include Sophie Turner as a young Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as a young Scott Summers/Cyclops and Alexandra Shipp as a young Ororo Munroe/Storm.
Apocalypse will take place in the 1980s, after the events of both First Class and Days of Future Past, and has been described as a “disaster” film. On what the film will accomplish, Kinberg added, “This movie is the completion of the first arcs of Charles, Eric, Raven, and Hank, who are essentially our main characters. They’re such young actors and young characters, so there’s a lot more story to tell. But as a first phase of their lives, there is this feeling of closure by the end of the movie.”
Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer will also direct X-Men: Apocalypse, which is set for a May 27, 2016 release date.
Source: Entertainment Weekly