Wassup Geeklings? Holla!
As I’ve told people in person and elsewhere, I will stop talking like a rap artist circa 1990 when it stops being funny. Which will be never.
So, big casting news yesterday for the upcoming sequel (or is it threequel?) to last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. 2016′s X-Men: Apocalypse will have younger versions of three of it’s most iconic mutants, setting the stage for a 1980s-set throwdown between our favorite costumed outcasts and a being of immeasurable power. Happy feelings just thinking about it.
Who do we have? Well, perhaps the most well-known actor to come on board, at least if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, is Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on Thrones and who’s costar on that show, Peter Dinklage, played Bolivar Trask in Days of Future Past. Who is Turner playing? None other than a young Jean Grey, a heavy hitter in the X-Men universe and the focal point to a lot of their most pivotal stories.
Jean Grey has been portrayed by Famke Janssen in X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand and had small cameos in The Wolverine and Days of Future Past. I can see a resemblance between her and Ms. Turner; so far, good casting Fox!
So who else? Well, we have a young Cyclops too (not to be confused with the young Cyclops in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The-Movie-That-Must-Not-Be-Named). That will be Tye Sheridan, taking over for James Marsden who played the adult Cyclops in most of those movies I just listed.
And one of my very favorite characters is getting a fresh face as well. Alexandra Shipp, mostly known for recently playing late R&B singer Aaliyah in a Lifetime movie, will appear in Apocalypse as Storm, the weather-controlling mutant previously played by Halle Berry.
So if that weren’t exciting enough for X-Men fans, that three of it’s most famous characters will be in this new movie, we also have James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence bringing back Xavier, Magneto and Mystique, respectively, from X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past. AND there are also rumors flying that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine will be back, and possibly Channing Tatum as Gambit and maybe even Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, both of whom are gearing up for their own movies and both of whom are hoping to erase the bad vibes from X-Men Origins (we can only hope). We’re still more than a year away and I already want to see Apocalypse NOW! (Heh heh…Apocalypse Now)
Are you guys getting stoked too? Post any and all wish list aspects of this new movie and hopefully the movie muses will hear us and guide director Bryan Singer as they go into production.
For further reading on the upcoming villain, try Uncanny X-Force: The Apocalypse Solution as a black-ops team of X-Men go after a possible reincarnation of Apocalypse and face off against the Four Horsemen protecting him. Give X-Men: X-termination and Uncanny Avengers: The Apocalypse Twins a try too.
15 months to go!