Kodi Smit-McPhee is Young Nightcrawler in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Kodi Smit-McPhee

Director Bryan Singer announced through his Instagram account on Tuesday night that Kodi Smit-Mcphee has been cast as a young Kurt Wagner, a.k.a. Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Best known for the Cormac McCarthy adaptation The Road, as well as the lead voice in the animated ParaNorman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Smit-McPhee has joined previously announced young X-Men cast members, including Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, and Alexandra Shipp as Storm.

The blue-skinned mutant teleporter, Nightcrawler was last seen in X2: X-Men United portrayed by Alan Cumming (who did a heck of a job). Smit-Mcphee certainly has the weird look down pat and I’m rather comfortable with this cast addition. If it goes well, maybe there’s hope for this movie after all.

Excited to welcome @kodismitmcphee to the cast of #XmenApocalypse as young #Nightcrawler. @alexvaughanphoto

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From /Film, here’s a recap on the X-Men: Apocalypse:

X-Men: Apocalypse will be set in the 1980s. Turner, Sheridan, and Shipp are playing the younger versions of the superheroes played by Famke Janssen, James Marsden, and Halle Berry in the original X-Men trilogy. They join fellow franchise newcomer Oscar Isaac, who’s playing the titular villain Apocalypse. In addition, Channing Tatum is rumored, but not yet confirmed, to make his debut as Gambit.

The film also brings back the core cast from X-Men: First Class: James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast. Hugh Jackman is in talks to return as Wolverine.

X-Men: Apocalypse promises to close out the First Class trilogy with “mass destruction.” The character of Apocalypse is an “ancient” mutant born thousands of years ago. The storyline will also prominently feature Mystique and her relationships with Beast and Magneto. Simon Kinberg wrote the script based on a story by himself, Singer, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris.

X-Men: Apocalypse starts shooting this spring in Canada. It opens May 27, 2016.