/x-men-apocalypse-angel-art-bryan-singer/Earlier in the week, director Bryan Singer confirmed that mutant Angel would be appearing in the franchise sequel X-Men: Apocalypse. He did so by releasing a piece of concept art that depicted the character in some sort of cage, possible as part of a circus. The director didn't, however, say who was playing Angel. Today, a new report from Jeff Sneider at The Wrap claims that previously announced cast member Ben Hardy is playing the fan-favorite Marvel character. There is no confirmation from 20th Century Fox that this is true.

The cast of this comic book adaptation includes Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse), Alexandra Shipp (young Storm), Sophie Turner (young Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (young Cyclops) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (young Nightcrawler), along with X-Men: First Class star Rose Byrne as Moira McTaggert. X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past stars James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lensherr), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast) and Evan Peters (Quicksilver) will all return to reprise their roles, with Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, Halle Berry's old Storm and Channing Tatum's Gambit expected to have cameo appearances, even though Hugh Jackman has teased that Wolverine 3 will be his next and final appearance in the franchise.

Ben Foster played Angel in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. Because the movie is set it the 80s, it sounds correct that a younger actor like Ben Hardy would take over the role for this upcoming adventure. At the time of his casting, it was said that Ben Hardy will play a key Marvel character. It was also reported that he was up for the young Cyclops and Angel roles, but landed neither of those. X-Men: Apocalypse will mark Ben Hardy's feature film debut. He currently stars in the British soap opera EastEnders, appearing in nearly 200 episodes over the past two years. Take a look at the Angel Artwork:

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<strong><em>X-Men: Apocalypse</em></strong> Production Artwork

B. Alan Orange