‘EastEnders’ actor Ben Hardy ‘in talks’ for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ role

Peter Beale actor is said to have landed an 'important role that's being kept under wraps'

EastEnders actor Ben Hardy is reportedly “in talks” to join the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse.

According to TheWrap, Hardy is being lined up for an “important role that is being kept under wraps” in Bryan Singer’s sequel to last year’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Last November (2014) Hardy was rumoured to be in the running to play Cyclops in Singer’s sequel, but that part eventually went to The Tree Of Life actor Tye Sheridan. Now Hardy, who plays Peter Beale in the BBC soap, is said to have landed another key role in the film.

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

Earlier this month (February) he announced that Kodi Smit-McPhee[/url] has been cast as young Nightcrawler and 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; 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.