Production kicked off in Montreal yesterday on 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse, under the direction of Bryan Singer, which brings to a close the latest X-Men trilogy that includes X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Very little has been revealed about the story, but we know it is set in the year 1983 and centers on the younger stars of X-Men: Days of Future Past and the villainous mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). Director Bryan Singer recently shed more light on this superhero sequel, stating that this feels much different than previous X-Men movies while teasing its epic scope.
"It's a big monster of a movie. The stakes are so high and global and the villain is so mythic. It's definitely an X-Men movie, but it really feels different."
The adventure will also feature a number of new actors, playing younger versions of iconic mutants. Alexandra Shipp is playing the younger Storm, alongside Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. Since we don't know much about the story thus far, many have wondered if these younger actors will have major roles or just cameo appearances. Producer Simon Kinberg offered some new details on these characters, confirming that they will be a major part of the cast.
"They're as much a part of the movie as our main cast. Scott is not yet the squeaky-clean leader. Storm is a troubled character who is going down the wrong path in life. And Jean is complex, interesting and not fully mature. It's fun to see someone struggling with their powers when you know one day they'll become the most powerful person in the world."
In addition, we also have the full concept art images from yesterday, which show parts of ancient Egypt, Professor Xavier's (James McAvoy) Cerebro helmet, and Ben Hardy's Archangel armor, along with the mutant jet Blackbird. Other confirmed cast members include Rose Byrne (Moira McTaggert), Olivia Munn (Psylocke), Lucas Till (Havok), James McAvoy (Professor Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast) and Evan Peters (Quicksilver). Check out the full concept art images below, and stay tuned for more on X-Men: Apocalypse, arriving in theaters May 27, 2016.