Director Bryan Singer has officially begun production on 20th Century Fox's latest X-Men franchise sequel X-Men: Apocalypse. And with it comes a first look at new cast member Kodi Smit-McPhee as the teleporting mutant Nightcrawler. In addition, we also get a first photo from the set of this 80s era comic book adventure courtesy of writer/producer Simon Kinberg, which offers a look at a theater marquee showing one of 20th Century Fox's biggest movies of that time Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.
Over the weekend, Kodi Smit-McPhee offered new insight into his X-Men character, saying that he is taking Kurt Wagner back to his roots. Does this mean Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique will be revealed as his mother? That isn't yet certain, but is entirely possible. We will be getting a teenage Kurt, but because of the altered timeline created by X-Men: Days of Future Past, this latest take on the blue-skinned mutant will not have much in common with Alan Cumming's portrayal from X2: X-Men United.
It looks like some shooting on X-Men: Apocalypse will take place in D.C. Bryan Singer has also shared photos on Instagram as he accompanies other new cast members Sophie Turner, who is playing young Jean Grey, and Tye Sheridan, who is playing young Cyclops, on a sight seeing field trip. X-Men: Apocalypse is said to be the conclusion of the trilogy started with X-Men: First Class and continued in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Take a look as things start to really heat up:
Day 1 of the Apocalypse.... Back to the 80s.... pic.twitter.com/0ecjnXX23l— Simon Kinberg (@Kinberg) April 27, 2015