Rose Byrne to return as Moira MacTaggert in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

'Bridesmaids' actress previously appeared in 2011's 'X-Men: First Class'

Rose Byrne is to reprise her role as Moira MacTaggert in the next X-Men film.

The Bridesmaids actress previously appeared as CIA agent Moira MacTaggert, a love interest for James McAvoy’s Professor Charles Xavier, in 2011’s X-Men: First Class. After sitting out last year’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past, MacTaggert will play a “significant” role in the next instalment, 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, the film’s co-writer Simon Kinberg revealed.

Discussing MacTaggert’s return to the franchise, Kinberg told Entertainment Weekly: “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.”

Kinberg also hinted that MacTaggert’s chemistry with Professor Xavier will continue to develop when she returns, 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.”

Meanwhile, director Bryan Singer has recently unveiled three 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 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.

Singer is due to start shooting X-Men: Apocalypse in the spring for a scheduled release date of May 27, 2016. Hugh Jackman has recently hinted that he will be returning as Wolverine, but Patrick Stewart has confirmed that he and Ian McKellen won’t be reprising their roles as the older Professor Xavier and Magneto.