It has finally been confirmed that director Bryan Singer is returning to direct "X-Men: Apocalypse". This film marks the fourth time Singer has been in the director's chair for an "X-Men" film. After the incredible success of his "X-Men: Days of Future Past", both critically and monetarily, I'm glad the controversy has subsided and the studio locked him in.
"Apocalypse" takes place a decade after "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and will see the return of the younger cast members, including James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven and Nicholas Hoult as Beast. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is also expected to return. It's being reported that we will be introduced to a young Cyclops, Storm and Jean however, which would mean that the roles previously occupied by James Marsden, Halle Berry and Famke Janssen will be recast.
Simon Kinberg is penning the screenplay, working from a story he worked on with Singer and "X2" scribes Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. He touched on the recasting of those three important characters a bit and had this to say:
"If we included some of the original X-Men like Storm and Jean and Scott and other in Apocalypse, yeah we'd have to recast them, as Apocalypse takes place a good twenty years before [the first] X-Men, which was now, insanely, a good ten to fifteen years ago.
It would be really hard to do. Halle (Berry) and Famke (Janssen) and Jimmy (Marsden) and others have done such wonderful jobs of bringing those parts to life, and are so identified with those parts now. So it would be a tall task. But I also would have said before First Class that there would be no actors who can stand alongside Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart."
So much "X-Men" goodness to digest here. Getting Singer back was a great move. Who knows the property better than he does at this point? Having the "First Class" come back is also great and it makes sense to recast the aforementioned characters. Now the pressing question is, what actors will they get to portray them? The apocalypse is coming, folks. I for one am ready.
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"X-Men: Apocalypse" will hit AMC Theatres on May 27th, 2016
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