Bryan Singer showed off some movie magic from the set of X-Men: Apocalypse earlier today with a new photo that features Alexandra Shipp as Storm. The top half of the photo shows the actress on a Montreal soundstage, while the bottom half of the image features a monitor where we see Storm looking out over the desolate landscape of Cairo, with the massive Egyptian pyramids seen in the background. The director revealed on his Instagram page that this real-time shot was made possible through technology known as SimulCam.
SimulCam was developed by director James Cameron for his record-breaking blockbuster Avatar, which allows filmmakers to see CGI-created backdrops used in real time on the set, while shooting in front of a green screen. Before SimulCam was developed, filmmakers like Bryan Singer wouldn't be able to see these CGI elements integrated into the shot until the post-production process. But now he can see how the actor looks against this backdrop during principal photography. It may not be exactly what the final shot will look like when the superhero movie hits theaters next May, but it at least gives the filmmaker an idea of what the shot could look like.
X-Men: Apocalypse centers on the villainous title character (Oscar Isaac), who goes on a mission to assemble his Four Horsemen. Storm is one of these Horsemen, who Apocalypse found in her hometown of Cairo, along with Ben Hardy's Archangel, Olivia Munn's Psylocke and Michael Fassbender's Magneto, who has been living a secluded life in Poland for the past 10 years, following the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past. After Xavier (James McAvoy) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) discover Apocalypse's plans, they put together a team of young mutants such as Jubilee (Lana Condor), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) to fight the ancient bad guy.
Also returning from X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past is Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Lucas Till (Havok), Evan Peters (Quicksilver) and Rose Byrne (Moira McTaggert). It has been rumored that Hugh Jackman may pop up as Wolverine, after the actor's cryptic conversation with Bryan Singer at Comic-Con last month. The actor has appeared in every X-Men movie to date, so it's certainly possible that he could have a brief appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse, but we'll have to wait and see.
Bryan Singer is directing from a script by Simon Kinberg. The director also recently confirmed that 20th Century Fox is planning a crossover movie between the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises, but nothing is set in stone at this time. While we wait for more details on this highly-anticipated superhero movie, check out the latest photo from the X-Men: Apocalypse set in Montreal.