‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: First picture of Kodi Smit-McPhee as new Nightcrawler released

Director Bryan Singer started shooting the new 'X-Men' film in Toronto yesterday (April 27)

The first glimpse of the new Nightcrawler from next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse has been released.

Actor Kodi Smit-McPhee, who has been cast as a young Nightcrawler in director Bryan Singer’s sci-fi sequel, shared the picture on his Instagram yesterday (April 27) before quickly deleting it. Singer then posted the picture too before removing it once more. Now the official X-Men Twitter account has posted the picture as part of a brief teaser clip which hints at the character’s ability to teleport.

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 in 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. Singer announced he had landed the role in February.

Singer started shooting X-Men: Apocalypse yesterday (April 27) in Toronto and the film is set for release on May 27, 2016. Earlier this year the director unveiled three other new cast members[/url] 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. Meanwhile, unknown actress Lana Condor has since landed the role of Jubilation Lee aka Jubilee; former EastEnders actor Ben Hardy is confirmed to be playing Angel and Olivia Munn has recently been cast as Psylocke.

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.