‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: Kodi Smit-McPhee cast as Nightcrawler

Feb. 18, 2015 | 7:56 a.m.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse” has found its Nightcrawler, casting 18-year-old Kodi Smit-McPhee as the teleporting indigo mutant.

Director Bryan Singer announced the casting on Instagram late Tuesday.

Kodi Smit-McPhee is joining the cast of "X-Men: Apocalypse" as Nightcrawler. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Kodi Smit-McPhee is joining the cast of “X-Men: Apocalypse” as Nightcrawler. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Nightcrawler, whose real name is Kurt Wagner, in the comics is the child of shape-shifting mutant Mystique and possesses powers of teleportation, night vision and superhuman agility. Also, he has a tail.

The character was previously portrayed by Alan Cumming in 2003’s “X2.”

(Greg Land / Marvel)

(Greg Land / Marvel)

Smit-McPhee, whose credits include “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “ParaNorman” and “Let Me In,” joins young actors Sophie Turner (as Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm) and Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), who were cast last month.

Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne are reprising roles they previously played in the film franchise.

Oscar Isaac is set to play the popular titular villain of the 1990s storyline “Age of Apocalypse.” The character, also known as En Sabah Nur, appeared in an end-credits cameo in last year’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” also directed by Singer. Earlier this week, Singer took to Instagram to unveil production designer Grant Major’s concept art from the film, which appears to feature a pivotal moment in the villain’s origin.

“X-Men: Apocalypse” is scheduled to begin filming this spring in Montreal and is due in theaters May 27, 2016.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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