April 13, 2015 | 7:26 p.m.
Olivia Munn is joining the cast of “X-Men: Apocalypse” as the telepathic mutant Psylocke. Director Bryan Singer announced Munn’s casting on his Instagram account Monday. Psylocke, aka Betsy Braddock, was created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Herb Trimpe, and made her comic book debut in 1976 in the Marvel U.K. series “Captain Britain,” as the titular character’s twin sister. Over the years, she became a heroine in her own right and through a series of complicated events acquired the body and skills of a Japanese ninja named Kwannon. Munn, whose previous credits include “The Newsroom” and “Magic Mike,” joins a cast of up-and-comers, including Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Sophie Turner (as Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) and newcomer Lana Condor (Jubilee). Oscar Isaac is set to play the popular titular villain of the 1990s story line “Age […]
March 30, 2015 | 1:14 p.m.
Hugh Jackman — who has played Wolverine in seven “X-Men”-related films and counting — appears to be nearing the end of his run as the ornery Marvel mutant. The actor is set to reprise his long-running role in a third as-yet-untitled solo Wolverine film in 2017, a project he’s now alluding will be his last hurrah as the character. The star hinted at the news in a recent Instagram post (below) that reads “WOLVERINE …ONE LAST TIME. HJ” Don’t despair — there may still be a few opportunities to see Jackman in the Wolverine role. Although it is unconfirmed, Jackman is rumored to be appearing in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” due in theaters May 27, 2016, and could potentially make a cameo in “Deadpool,” set for February 12, 2016. Jackson’s Instagram post comes just days after Jennifer Lawrence revealed to MTV that “Apocalypse” will mark her last appearance as the shape-shifting Mystique. The […]
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 […]