New Actors For Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse?

New Actors For Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse?

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New faces will join familiar director in 80s-set sequel

NOTE: Some information could be considered spoilers for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Director Bryan Singer has been confirmed to come back for X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016. But it has now been confirmed that he will be among the only familiar (to fans of the series) names to fans of the series to do so.

While the history-rewriting events of the time-travel (from the near-future to the mid-1970s) plot in X-Men: Days of Future Past were shown to have altered the previously-established "present day" fates of characters like Storm, Scott "Cyclops" Summers and Jean Grey, the actors originally associated with those roles appear unlikely to return again.

Apocalypse is set to take place in the 1980s, a decade after the main story action of DOFP. Deadline Hollywood reports that while Hugh Jackman will return once again as the immortal Wolverine and James McAvoy (Professor X) Michael Fassbender (Magneto) Nicholas Hoult (Beast) and Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) are set to return to the roles they began in First Class; the roles of "Cyclops, Storm, Jean and others" are described as "young," likely meaning that new actors closer in age to the First Class participants will be sought to play the 80s-era versions of those characters.

Age of Apocalypse is said to be loosely based on a famous X-Men comic-book story from 1995, in which the X-Men battle a seemingly immortal Mutant named Apocalypse whose powers had led ancient cultures to believe him to be a god. Many fans been previously speculated that the time-travel storyline of DOFP and the 80s-setting of this film may be been used as a way to "soft-reboot" the franchise with a younger cast to continue the series into future sequels without "erasing" the original films.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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Can they stop being so cheap that they keep getting rid of everyone who isn't Hugh Jackman. On the other hand recasting Jean would be killing her off then having Phoenix come back as someone else.

More Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy? Sign me up.

I had assumed this was taking place in the new "future", but this approach is cool too.

wasn't DOFP Fassbenders last Xmen movie or something? I remember hearing that him and Jenifer Lawrence had to basically being BEGGED back to the Xmen movies because they were both interested in other projects (Lawrence with Hunger Games and Fassbender with the still coming Assassins Creed movie of all things)?

Not that I'm complain by ANY means of course. The new casting sounds like a good idea thou for the other Xmen characters

As much as I would love to see the implications of the change future created in Days of Future Past, in general I have found the cast and adventures of the prequel films much more enjoyable and compelling. I look forward to what comes next, and hope they don't botch it up.

Fappy:
More Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy? Sign me up.

I had assumed this was taking place in the new "future", but this approach is cool too.

agreed, this duo is making me drool at the mouth for more from them, all in all I loved First class and Days of future past wasn't bad either, fassbender really runs with magneto's psyche/goals quite well.

I'm okay with this. I was happy enough to see that Cyclops, Jean, and Professor X were all still alive at the end of Days of Future Past, so if we're going to deal with their younger counter-parts, I can live with none of the actors coming back.

Little baffled about Wolverine though. I take it that this will be a different psyche in this movie, since he doesn't remember any of the last thirty years once he wakes up at the end of DOFP. Speaking of the end of that movie, does this mean that teaser at the end was taking place back in the past and not the present?

Sniper Team 4:
I'm okay with this. I was happy enough to see that Cyclops, Jean, and Professor X were all still alive at the end of Days of Future Past, so if we're going to deal with their younger counter-parts, I can live with none of the actors coming back.

Little baffled about Wolverine though. I take it that this will be a different psyche in this movie, since he doesn't remember any of the last thirty years once he wakes up at the end of DOFP. Speaking of the end of that movie, does this mean that teaser at the end was taking place back in the past and not the present?

Well,

(unless you count his clone, Evan)

I can't say I care much about the change, Jean Grey was a character I never liked in the movies, and Cyclops... is Cyclops, no one likes him anyways.

Parshooter:
Can they stop being so cheap that they keep getting rid of everyone who isn't Hugh Jackman. On the other hand recasting Jean would be killing her off then having Phoenix come back as someone else.

Not really, since this says "80s" and considering how Magneto and Xavier look nothing like their older counterparts, so by that time I assume they'd go with teenager Cyclops/Jean Grey, which makes it even easier to cast different actors.

Sniper Team 4:
does this mean that teaser at the end was taking place back in the past and not the present?

I can't claim to know, but Apocalypse is thousands of years old - so anything is possible...
Edit: and if they are doing AoA then yes, it should be in partially the past. In the comics, Legion killed Xavier in the past (20 years before the "present" of the 1995 Marvel Universe).

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I still have Legion Quest 1 to 4 (as well as the a lot of the AoA storyline...)

OP: Did I hear that correctly - they are dropping the dead weight that is Halle Berry!? AWESOME!
Maybe now we can have a well acted "Storm"!

And Halle Berry can leave comic book movies forever. Because she sucks in them. Hard.

EDIT: Wait - did I read that right? They're doing Age of Apocalypse!?
Isn't that putting the cart before the horse? They should be doing the 4 horsemen storyline...

As much as I think that AoA would be an awesome film (or trilogy tbh) this means they will have to jump to lightspeed introducing characters like Sinister and (maybe) Legion and Cable, bringing in Bishop (who was in the dystopian future of DoFP and is the key to solving the AoA timeline) then killing Xavier. From there, the audience will quickly need to get their bearings in this dystopian world, where Magneto is the new Xavier and Apocalypse has destroyed most of humanity (including the mutants) and allegiances may be very skewed.

I don't know - too many dystopian alternate realities in a row, I think.

The way I see it: Introduce Apocalypse, play out the 4 horsemen and put him to bed for this film. Frankly, this should be done in the upcoming X-Factor movie, but I digress... Have another storyline for the next movie ("Fatal Attractions" would be amazing) - then do Age of Apocalypse, as it will help in understanding for those who enjoy the movies, but do not follow the comics (or were simply too young to have read them). Besides, after AoA - we can then do "Onslaught"!

Parshooter:
Can they stop being so cheap that they keep getting rid of everyone who isn't Hugh Jackman. On the other hand recasting Jean would be killing her off then having Phoenix come back as someone else.

Actually if they weren't so lazy and gave these characters something to actually do or if they were closer to their comic counterparts, rather than just have the movie (scratch that, the franchise) be about Wolverine, the other actors might want to stick around.

But for some reason they don't because Wolverine must be the 'god' of X-men film Universe or something.

Burnhardt:
But for some reason they don't because Wolverine must be the 'god' of X-men film Universe or something.

More like a Jesus, but whatever. At least DoFP found some use for Kitty Pryde (despite being a weird use...), but - as an 80s X-Men fan - I'd loved seen it more closer to the source material.

I actually didn't particularly like any of those actors in their role except maybe Cyclops but only in that Cyclops was also a standard vague character there too. I guess I felt like the writing for them was terrible and maybe other actors and actresses can bring some flair to the roles? Or the writing will still be shitty and it won't work out. Could go either way but hopefully it can't get more boring.

The whole point of First Class in a way, was to have an XMen film with an all-new cast. It's not really surprising if actors prefer not to reprise the roles of characters they played almost 15 years ago and from a film-making PoV, it also makes sense since in this case, the film is set two decades earlier than the first film.

Unlike with comic books, films have the issue of actors aging and choosing to move onto other projects (the question of Iron Man came up recently on this site). The options are to write the character(s) out of the film, "pass the baton" on to a new character filling the same role or just recast. Personally, I would just go with recasting. It might be jarring at first, but we, the audience, will accept it in time and move on.

Granted it would be "better" to have those characters played by the same actors (I loved their appearances in DofP) but I accept that time moves ever on and it would be a damn sight easier to just recast the character and get on with the storytelling than mess about with time travel, retcons, reboots (hard or soft) and the rest trying to make it one coherent whole.

Don't mistake me. McKellan and Stewart are a formidable, brilliant and engaging pair who perfectly captured the characters and portrayed their enmity on screen. But for another XMen film that they don't wish to be a part of, I would accept new actors (granted I would bemoan their absence) and get over it.

Whoever they cast, I'll be watching this film on release day.

 

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