Dawn of the Planet of the Apes actor Kodi Smit-McPhee has joined the cast of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, and he will be playing the fan-favorite character Nightcrawler. He seems like a great choice to take on the younger version of the role, which was previously played by Alan Cumming. Apparently Smit-McPhee was Singer’s first choice for the part in the upcoming film.
In an interview with Superhero Hype the actor talked about the character, and when asked if if he looked back on the performance that Cumming gave he said:
"I don’t try to avoid it, and I don’t try to keep it in mind. I just let things come naturally. Because it is the Marvel Universe and X-Men and there are a lot of people expecting a lot of things, I did a huge amount of research on anyone who has portrayed it and even in the comics and the cartoons and live action. I just followed Nightcrawler’s story. I feel very honored and grateful to be expressing that now. I can’t wait."
He went on to talk about why Nightcrawler didn't make an appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past last year, and why he’s being included int the next film saying:
"I think Bryan said that he thought that it just wasn’t the right time because there were already so many mutants in it and after reading the script now, I can see what they’re doing. They have the ability to bring these younger characters in now, so I think a lot of the people who know the traditional origins of where this came from will be very happy."
Makes me wonder if this means it will include the fact that Mystique is Nightcrawler's mom. X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled for release on May 27th, 2016.