Late Tuesday evening, director Bryan Singer revealed on his Instagram that Kodi Smit-McPhee has been cast to play the mutant Nightcrawler in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. This is the latest in a string of high-profile castings for the flick, announced primarily on Singer's social media.
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This is a re-casting of the Nightcrawler role after his portrayal by Alan Cumming in X2, also directed by Bryan Singer. As you can tell, Smit-McPhee is noticably younger than Cumming and falls in line with the younger re-castings of Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm. In comics, Nightcrawler is the child of Azazel and Mystique, the latter of which played by Jennifer Lawrence in the past two X-Men movies has grown to be one of the franchise's most prominent characters.
Singer has stated in the past that he originally planned for Nightcrawler to have a role in 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past, put had to trim the part to focus on just a few core characters.
Kodi Smit-McPhee is best known for his lead roles in Let Me In and The Road, and recently co-starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. His next role is in the film Slow West, co-starring Michael Fassbender, who coincidentally plays Magneto in the X-Men movies.