March 25, 2015 | 2:12 p.m.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” has found its latest mutant. Newcomer Lana Condor has been cast as Jubilation Lee, A.K.A. Jubilee, director Bryan Singer announced on his Instagram account Wednesday. Created by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri, Jubilation Lee made her comics debut in 1989’s “Uncanny X-Men” No. 244. A mutant who later discovers she can generate energy fireworks from her hands, Jubilation is introduced as a Chinese American gymnast who lives in Beverly Hills with her wealthy parents until they are murdered by hitmen. She runs away from an orphanage and lives in a Hollywood mall, stealing to survive and running from mall cops before she is rescued by X-Men members. In the comics, she is currently a vampire after a run-in with Dracula. Condor isn’t the first actress to bring Jubilee to the big screen, though she has never before been […]
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. 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.” 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 […]
Jan. 22, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
“Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner is leading a trio of new actors joining Bryan Singer’s upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Turner will play Jean Grey, a role originated on screen by Famke Janssen in Singer’s 2000 “X-Men”; Alexandra Shipp has been cast as Storm, originally played by Halle Berry, while Tye Sheridan will play Cyclops, a role that first went to James Marsden. Shipp’s credits include “Drumline: A New Beat,” and she starred for television in “Aailyah: The Princess of R&B”; she also has a role in the upcoming NWA movie, “Straight Outta Compton.” Sheridan has appeared in such features as “Mud” and “The Tree of Life.” Oscar Isaac will star as the powerful villain in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the next installment in the long-running Fox franchise based on the Marvel Comics series. Singer is set to direct the film, which is […]
Nov. 24, 2014 | 11:37 a.m.
Oscar Isaac will star as the powerful villain in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the next installment in the long-running Fox franchise based on the Marvel Comics series. Bryan Singer is set to direct the film, which is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016. The casting means that Isaac, an acclaimed actor who garnered critical attention for his role in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” among other roles, will have two blockbuster franchises on his resume — he also is due to appear in J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which is set to arrive in theaters late next year. Singer originally announced “X-Men: Apocalypse” on Twitter last December; the movie will see the mutants face off against the popular titular villain of the 1990s storyline “Age of Apocalypse.” “It’s another one of the great ‘X-Men’ storylines, which is cool,” franchise […]
Sept. 22, 2014 | 12:48 p.m.
Bryan Singer will direct “X-Men: Apocalypse” for Fox. Singer originally announced the project on Twitter last December; the movie will be released May 27, 2016, and will see the mutants face off against the popular titular villain of the 1990s story line “Age of Apocalypse.” “It’s another one of the great ‘X-Men’ story lines, which is cool,” franchise writer-producer Simon Kinberg said in an interview with Hero Complex earlier this year while promoting the release of this summer’s hit “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which featured an end-credits cameo by Apocalypse, also known as En Sabah Nur. “Not all superhero movies, comic book movies, will follow story lines from the books, and one of the things we’ve been doing with the ‘X-Men’ movies recently is taking books as inspiration and following those stories,” he said. “One of the challenges of […]
June 30, 2014 | 4:45 p.m.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer launched a new Instagram account today with a photo of the first page of the treatment for “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the next installment in the booming franchise. The snapshot of the document, written with Simon Kinberg, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris, reveals a few tantalizing details, including a “sprawling battle” at the Nile involving the Four Horsemen, who appeared in the end credits of “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” The treatment, dated June 6, couldn’t be touted at a better time. Singer’s current box-office concern, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” just surpassed “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” this weekend to become the year’s internationally top-grossing film. The feature has raked in more than $713 million in just over a month, besting any other installment in the series. Singer’s legal troubles still loom — former model and actor Michael Egan filed a […]
May 27, 2014 | 11:01 a.m.
To be clear, Hugh Jackman says it was his idea for Wolverine to be naked in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Early on in the new film, which brought in $111 million in its debut over the Memorial Day weekend, Jackman’s Wolverine is transported from a bleak future into a far groovier past, where he wakes to find himself without clothes — and in a waterbed no less. “The scene was written that Wolverine gets out of bed wearing boxer shorts and I’m like, I’m sorry, boxer shorts and Wolverine doesn’t go together,” Jackman said in an interview with Hero Complex. “They said, Don’t worry, we’ll make it briefs. I was like, Yeah, that’s worse. I said, ‘If he’s in bed with a girl, I don’t think he’s getting out wearing underwear.’ I just felt like I was really letting […]
May 27, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Ellen Page was 18 when she first assumed a superhero pose as Kitty Pryde in “X-Men: The Last Stand.” The 2006 mutant sequel enjoyed a prosperous debut, taking in upward of $100 million at the box office, even if some fans were ultimately disappointed by the way the film adapted the classic Dark Phoenix saga for the screen. Now, Page is back as Kitty Pryde in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which rocketed to the top of the box office over Memorial Day weekend with roughly $111 million in receipts since opening May 23 and seems to be connecting with fans who are hailing the movie as a return to form for director Bryan Singer. “I was just stoked to be back and thrilled to play Kitty again,” Page said in a telephone interview with Hero Complex. “She’s grown herself […]
May 23, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
For about four hours in the summer of 2012, Simon Kinberg came perilously close to revealing the secrets of the universe — or, to be more precise, the secrets of several fictional, widely deliberated universes. The busy writer-producer — whose latest blockbuster “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” storms into theaters Friday — had checked into a San Diego hotel ahead of an appearance at Comic-Con International. But before the afternoon’s close, he’d misplaced an iPad containing sensitive information at the annual pop culture expo, the epicenter of geek movie fandom. “I had ‘Star Wars’ stuff on there, ‘X-Men,’ Neill Blomkamp, ‘Elysium’ stuff,” recalled Kinberg, a trace of anxiety still detectable in his measured voice. “It would have been jackpot for hackers. Thank God the housekeeper just picked it up and was holding onto it.” With the possible exceptions of J.J. […]
May 22, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
There are many moments of dazzling visual spectacle in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the big-budget mutant sequel that arrives in theaters Friday. But unique among them is Peter Dinklage’s period coiffure as the villainous Bolivar Trask. “It’s my hair with a lot of product –it’s a mutation all its own,” Dinklage deadpanned in a recent interview with Hero Complex. Directed by Bryan Singer from a script by Simon Kinberg, “Days of Future Past” adapts one of the most popular story lines from “X-Men” history, a two-part saga from Chris Claremont and John Byrne that originally ran in 1980. The sci-fi-inflected narrative takes place in two time periods: a dystopian future in which mutants are hunted by deadly robots known as Sentinels, and in the early 1970s, after the events of Matthew Vaughn’s recent prequel “X-Men: First Class.” The film […]