Some late night casting news has just broke courtesy of Bryan Singer. The director welcomed young actor Kodi Smit-McPhee to the X-Men: Apocalypse cast courtesy of his personal Instagram. Kodi Smit-McPhee is confirmed to be taking on the role of Kurt Wagner, otherwise known as Nightcrawler, in this latest Mutant adventure.
Introduced in Giant-Size X-Men #1 way back in 1975, Nightcrawler has superhuman agility, can teleport, and is endowed with adhesive hands and feet. His physical appearance includes dark blue skin which allows him to become nearly invisible in shadows, two-toed feet and three-fingered hands, yellow eyes, pointed ears and a prehensile tail. In Nightcrawler's earlier comic book appearances he is seen as a happy-go-lucky practical joker, and is a fan of swashbuckling adventures. Nightcrawler is also a Catholic, and while this is not emphasized as much in his earlier comic book appearances, in later depictions Nightcrawler is more vocal about his faith. Though he was introduced in 1975, he became quite popular in the mid-80s run of X-Men comics, the time period in which most of X-Men: Apocalypse is set to take place.
Kurt's mother and father are shape-shifting Mystique and the demonic warlord Azazel, two characters that were featured X-Men: First Class. Jennifer Lawrence is expected to reprise her role as Mystique in X-Men: Apocalypse. While Azazel, played by Jason Flemyng, survived X-Men: First Class and joined Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants, he was not seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Though, it is revealed in that sequel that Azazel was among the mutants experimented on and killed by Bolivar Trask. With the timelines altered, it isn't known how Nightcrawler's origins will be changed in X-Men: Apocalypse, or if he will still be the son of both Mystique and Azazel, who could of had an affair sometime between the events depicted in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Apocalypse.
Nightcrawler was first introduced on the big screen in X2: X-Men United and was played by Alan Cumming. X-Men: Apocalypse will serve as only the second time the character has appeared in a feature film. Kodi Smit-McPhee is known for his roles in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the vampire remake Let Me In.