With less than one month left until 20th Century Fox unleashes X-Men: Apocalypse in theaters, the studio is debuting new footage left and right. Just three days after the new trailer arrived, the studio has released a new clip, along with two TV spots and new photos, including James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender on the cover of Cineplex Magazine. The clip offers some intriguing details about the origins of the title villain, played by Oscar Isaac. If that wasn't enough, we also have new details about Cyclops, played by Tye Sheridan.
James Marsden originated the Cyclops role in the original X-Men trilogy, but X-Men: Apocalypse is set in the year 1983, with a new crop of stars stepping in to play these iconic mutants at a younger age. 19-year-old Tye Sheridan is playing Cyclops, although his background with the X-Men franchise doesn't go too deep. The actor revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he first discovered the franchise with 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past.
"After I saw it, I just thought, 'Oh my God. I've been missing this the whole time?!' I went back and watched all the previous films, and I quickly became obsessed."
The young actor wasn't much of a movie buff growing up, but he got his big break when casting agents came to his small Texas town searching for a young actor to star alongside Brad Pitt in The Tree of Life. Bryan Singer, who is directing X-Men: Apocalypse from a script by Simon Kinberg, helped create this franchise 16 years ago by directing the first X-Men movie, and the filmmaker had plenty of high praise for his new star. Here's what he had to say about working with Tye Sheridan below.
"The sophistication of the questions he would ask me were of a very intelligent nature. He thinks about the details and takes it very seriously."
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants known as The Four Horsemen, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign.
As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. Reprising their roles from X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past are Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Rose Byrne (Moira McTaggert), Evan Peters (Quicksilver). New cast members include Oscar Isaac as the villainous Apocalypse, Olivia Munn as Psylocke, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler.
X-Men: Apocalypse will hit theaters on May 27, 2016, putting it up against Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass, setting up what could be a huge box office showdown. This latest X-Men movie will close out the prequel trilogy that includes X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. 20th Century Fox is also working on the spinoff Gambit, which will start production later this year, while also developing The New Mutants. Take a look at the new clip, TV spots and photos below, and stay tuned for more on X-Men: Apocalypse.