Last week, producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse will be attached to prints of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, although it still isn't known if the footage will be released online before then. Earlier today, director Bryan Singer sent out a new photo from his Instagram page, offering a new look at James McAvoy's Professor X, while teasing that he has almost finished work on the trailer. The image features Professor X wearing the iconic Cerebro helmet, with an unidentified character standing behind him.

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's 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, 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.

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Also 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. It isn't known how many of these characters will be revealed in the first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer arriving sometime next month.

Bryan Singer is directing from a script by Simon Kinberg, based on a story the director and screenwriter crafted together with Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, who co-wrote the script for X2: X-Men: United. 20th Century Fox has slated X-Men: Apocalypse for release on May 27, 2016, putting it up against yet another sequel, Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass. While some fans are looking forward to this massive superhero sequel, which will close out the trilogy that includes X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, others are curious about what the studio has in store for this franchise.

Last week, a report surfaced that Bryan Singer will be returning to Montreal, where he shot both X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, for an untitled X-Men project. 20th Century Fox has yet to confirm this news, but the report claims that the studio has secured studio space for a 2017 shoot, with a 2018 release being tentatively planned. While we wait for more details on that mysterious project, check out the latest X-Men: Apocalypse photo, and stay tuned for more details.

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Finishing up the first teaser. #xmen #xmenapocalypse

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