Director says the new 'X-Men' movie 'really feels different' to previous films in the franchise
Director Bryan Singer has branded X-Men: Apocalypse “a big monster of a movie” that “really feels different” to previous films in the franchise.
Singer started shooting X-Men: Apocalypse on Monday (April 27) in Toronto and the film is set for release on May 27, 2016. His sequel boasts a host of new cast members, including Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers aka Cyclops and Alexandra Shipp as Storm. Meanwhile, Dawn Of The Planets Of The Apes actor Kodi Smit-McPhee will portray Nightcrawler and the first picture of the actor as the indigo-skinned mutant has recently been released.
“It’s a big monster of a movie,” Singer told Empire. “The stakes are so high and global and the villain is so mythic. It’s definitely an X-Men movie, but it really feels different.”
Discussing the film’s new cast members, Singer added: “They’re as much a part of the movie as our main cast. Scott is not yet the squeaky-clean leader. Storm is a troubled character who is going down the wrong path in life. And Jean is complex, interesting and not fully mature. It’s fun to see someone struggling with their powers when you know one day they’ll become the most powerful person in the world.”
They join returning cast members Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult 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 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.