With just a few more days left until 2015 comes to an end, 2016 is promising to be even bigger at the box office. One of the most highly-anticipated releases of 2016 is 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse, which hits theaters next May and brings the current X-Men trilogy to a close, following 2011's X-Men: First Class and last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Today we have a new piece of concept art from X-Men: Apocalypse, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, along with new details from director Bryan Singer.
X-Men: Apocalypse, which wrapped production in August, is set in 1983, 10 years after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The story centers on the villainous Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), who is awakened after thousands of years of slumber, as he assembles his Four Horsemen, Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Angel (Ben Hardy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender). Magneto has been living in exile after X-Men: Days of Future Past, and director Bryan Singer revealed that he will be more powerful than ever in X-Men: Apocalypse, which is teased in the new concept art.
"One of Apocalypse's many powers is he can imbue other mutants with greater ones. Magneto is demonstrating a small taste of what he can do now. Magneto is already enormously powerful.... Now Apocalypse gives him powers far beyond what we've seen before."
After Professor X (James McAvoy) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) learn about Apocalypse's plans, they put together a team of mutants to stop him from going forward. X-Men: Apocalypse includes a slew of new cast members playing younger versions of previously-established characters. Along with Alexandra Shipp's Storm and Ben Hardy's Angel, the superhero adventure stars Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler and Lana Condor as Jubilee.
The cast also includes X-Men: First Class star Rose Byrne, reprising her role as Moira McTaggert, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Lucas Till as Havok, Josh Helman as William Stryker and Tómas Lemarquis as Caliban. Bryan Singer is directing from a script by Simon Kinberg, based on a story the writer and director crafted alongside Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. Take a look at the concept art below, and stay tuned for more on X-Men: Apocalypse, arriving in theaters May 27, 2016.