‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: Kodi Smit-McPhee cast as young Nightcrawler

Alan Cumming previously played the blue-skinned mutant in 2002's 'X2'

Kodi Smit-McPhee has been cast as a young Nightcrawler in next year’s X-Men Apocalypse.

Nightcrawler, a mutant with indigo-coloured skin who possesses the ability to teleport, has only appeared in one previous X-Men film, 2003’s X2, in which he was played by Alan Cumming.

Smit-McPhee, who is 18 and hails from Adelaide, Australia, is best known for his roles in last year’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and the 2010 horror movie Let Me In. Director Bryan Singer announced his casting on Instagram last night (February 17).

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

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Singer is due to start shooting X-Men: Apocalypse this spring in Toronto, Canada. The film is set for release on May 27, 2016.

Last month (January) he unveiled three other new cast members for X-Men: Apocalypse. Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark in the HBO fantasy series – will play Jean Grey; The Tree of Life‘s Tye Sheridan will portray Cyclops and Alexandra Shipp, who starred as Aaliyah in a recent US TV biopic, has been cast as Storm.

They join returning cast members James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence and Evan Peters, as well as Oscar Isaac, who has been cast as Apocalypse, the villain that gives the film its title. Rose Byrne is also confirmed to be reprising her role as CIA agent Moira MacTaggert from 2011’s X-Men: First Class and Hugh Jackman has recently hinted that he will be returning as Wolverine.

Meanwhile, Patrick Stewart has recently confirmed that he will not be appearing in X-Men: Apocalypse, but also said that his fellow original X-Men star Ian McKellen “certainly” will have a role.