Earlier this month, a report surfaced that included a number of young actors who are testing for the young Storm, Cyclops and Jean Grey roles in 20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated X-Men: Apocalypse. Among the actors said to be reading for Cyclops were Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Jamie Blackley (If I Stay) and Tye Sheridan (Mud), with Taron Egerton offering a vague statement on the rumor just one day later, stating he "really can't comment on the Cyclops thing." It seems a lot has changed between then and now, with the actor definitively stating in an interview with MTV News UK that he is not playing Cyclops in the new X-Men adventure.
"I can say I'm not doing X-Men. No, I'm not doing X-Men. I love the X-Men films and I love that franchise. I love the people who make them on and off screen, so yeah I'd love to one day sometime, but in this instance that rumor is unfounded."
It isn't clear at this time if the other actors reportedly testing for Cyclops, Jamie Blackley and Tye Sheridan, are still in contention. Another report from November revealed that Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe and Timothée Chalamet were up for the Cyclops role, but, again, we don't know if they're still in the mix either. Producer Simon Kinberg confirmed in September that X-Men: Apocalypse, which is set in the 1980s, will re-cast younger actors for the iconic roles of Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm, although it isn't known how close the filmmakers are to casting these roles.
Now that we know Taron Egerton won't be seen in X-Men: Apocalypse, the actor was asked, if he could play any superhero, what would his dream role be. Here's what the actor had to say, which Sony Pictures may want to take notice of.
"My favorite is Spider-Man, and I think Andrew Garfield is wonderful at doing it, to the point where I don't think I should play him. But, I do absolutely love Spider-Man, yeah."
As we all know, Sony's Spider-Man franchise isn't in the greatest shape at this point, following Andrew Garfield's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which wasn't as big a hit at the box office as the studio hoped for. Sony is moving forward with The Sinister Six spin-off before The Amazing Spider-Man 3, but there have been plenty of rumors suggesting that Sony may revamp the franchise entirely. Do you think Taron Egerton would be a good fit as the webbed wonder?