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Ben Hardy joins X-Men: Apocalypse in a key comic book role

02.24.2015

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Let the speculation begin! While we don’t know who Ben Hardy will play, reports tonight tell us that the young start of BBC’s EastEnders has joined the cast of Bryan Singer’s X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. He will take on the role of a “significant” character in the comic book Marvel Universe. While Ben Hardy may not be recognizable to many of us stateside, the actor was in contention to play Cyclops earlier this year, that role ultimately went to Tye Sheridan.

The final film in the trilogy starts filming in April with a cast that so far includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, and of course Oscar Isaac will play the title villain Apocalypse. We have newcomers Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Sheridan playing young versions of Storm, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler and Cyclops.

It’s anyone’s guess as to who he could be playing; names like Cable and Warren Worthington III, aka Angel are being thrown around. I would be up for either one of those characters to make an appearance. Hardy has been in almost 200 episodes of the BBC series which takes up most of his resume on IMDb. He’s got a fresh face which only means one thing around these parts, that he’s going to be in a YA movie any day now.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE opens on May 27, 2016.

Who do you think Hardy might be playing?

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5:12PM on 02/25/2015

Not sure if this is obvious or not but....

Is he Tom Hardy's brother?
Is he Tom Hardy's brother?
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12:54PM on 02/25/2015

don't forget

Apocalypse has been around for many centuries, so the kid might play one of the adult X-Men, observed by or meeting with Apocalypse (in disguise ?), a young Mr. Sinister or even a young Apocalypse, in a flashback.
Apocalypse has been around for many centuries, so the kid might play one of the adult X-Men, observed by or meeting with Apocalypse (in disguise ?), a young Mr. Sinister or even a young Apocalypse, in a flashback.
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12:37PM on 02/25/2015
Looks more to fit with Angel/Archangel. Cable would be better played by Stephen Lang or Ron Perlman.
Looks more to fit with Angel/Archangel. Cable would be better played by Stephen Lang or Ron Perlman.
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10:33AM on 02/25/2015
I hope he plays ANGEL or ARCHANGEL if turned into one of Apocalypse horsemen.. definitely fits the look of the character plus the ANGEL character was very underused in X-MEN 3
I hope he plays ANGEL or ARCHANGEL if turned into one of Apocalypse horsemen.. definitely fits the look of the character plus the ANGEL character was very underused in X-MEN 3
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10:32AM on 02/25/2015
Whether it's him or not please have Cable in this. The one X-Men charecter I still really wan't to see and If I'm not mistaken he is connected to the Apocalypse storyline in some manner.
Whether it's him or not please have Cable in this. The one X-Men charecter I still really wan't to see and If I'm not mistaken he is connected to the Apocalypse storyline in some manner.
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8:54AM on 02/25/2015
Way too young looking for Cable. That would be pretty absurd. He could play a version of Nate Summers at some point in his life I guess, but obviously not Cable. Angel would seem to make the most sense.
Way too young looking for Cable. That would be pretty absurd. He could play a version of Nate Summers at some point in his life I guess, but obviously not Cable. Angel would seem to make the most sense.
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8:08AM on 02/25/2015
Part of the Four Horsemen!
Part of the Four Horsemen!
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7:18AM on 02/25/2015

Nothing to do with X-Men...

but this kid could play a young Christopher Nolan.
but this kid could play a young Christopher Nolan.
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4:41AM on 02/25/2015

How about...

Nathaniel Grey! Aka X-Man

Created by Apocalypse
Nathaniel Grey! Aka X-Man

Created by Apocalypse
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3:14AM on 02/25/2015

or else…

i'm just throwing this out there: since bryan singer hasn't been shy about telling us what characters they will play in all the other casting announcements, with cyclops, storm, jean grey and nightcrawler, so why would they suddenly be so secretive? it must be a really well known character. could this perhaps have something to do with a younger version of wolverine? it's not something that i particularly want, but the rumor about matthew vaughn's version of days of future past had a younger
i'm just throwing this out there: since bryan singer hasn't been shy about telling us what characters they will play in all the other casting announcements, with cyclops, storm, jean grey and nightcrawler, so why would they suddenly be so secretive? it must be a really well known character. could this perhaps have something to do with a younger version of wolverine? it's not something that i particularly want, but the rumor about matthew vaughn's version of days of future past had a younger wolverine in there somewhere, maybe they liked an aspect of that, and it's not like hugh jackman is getting any younger.
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7:33AM on 02/25/2015
That would mess up the continuity quite a bit. X-Men is often jarring in that respect but that would be REALLY messy.
That would mess up the continuity quite a bit. X-Men is often jarring in that respect but that would be REALLY messy.
12:37PM on 02/25/2015
Except if it's in a flashback, where we find out he, somehow, met Apocalypse or Mr. Sinister, in his youth, or had been observed by them.
Except if it's in a flashback, where we find out he, somehow, met Apocalypse or Mr. Sinister, in his youth, or had been observed by them.
11:51PM on 02/24/2015

If he was up for Cyclops

then id wager hes up for Cable!
then id wager hes up for Cable!
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10:38PM on 02/24/2015

Angel/Archangel would be the obvious choice

he looks a lot like Ben Foster, which makes it even more likely.
he looks a lot like Ben Foster, which makes it even more likely.
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10:36PM on 02/24/2015
He's got a Bobby Drake/Iceman look to him. Not sure how that will fit with the rest of the films, but since they're bringing in Nightcrawler I guess anything is fair game.
He's got a Bobby Drake/Iceman look to him. Not sure how that will fit with the rest of the films, but since they're bringing in Nightcrawler I guess anything is fair game.
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9:12PM on 02/24/2015
If they cast him as Angel/Archangel that is a great casting choice. @Martin that would be one I would not consider, though he's be a great choice for. But Longshot wasn't what I would ever call "significant" especially to the Apocalypse story line. The fall of the Angel and the rise of him at Apocalypse's hands is a big part of the X-men mythos.
If they cast him as Angel/Archangel that is a great casting choice. @Martin that would be one I would not consider, though he's be a great choice for. But Longshot wasn't what I would ever call "significant" especially to the Apocalypse story line. The fall of the Angel and the rise of him at Apocalypse's hands is a big part of the X-men mythos.
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9:02PM on 02/24/2015
With this many young boys in the movie, I would normally want Brian Singer very far away from the set.

Anyway, Longshot is my guess. "Ann Nocenti, who co-created Longshot, says of his primary superhuman trait, 'Longshot has access to probabilities and luck. He's lucky, he's miraculous in a way.'"
With this many young boys in the movie, I would normally want Brian Singer very far away from the set.

Anyway, Longshot is my guess. "Ann Nocenti, who co-created Longshot, says of his primary superhuman trait, 'Longshot has access to probabilities and luck. He's lucky, he's miraculous in a way.'"
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8:48PM on 02/24/2015
I can see him playing Angel.
I can see him playing Angel.
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8:44PM on 02/24/2015
Ooh what about William Stryker's son Jason?

I don't know why that would be important.., just s suggestion
Ooh what about William Stryker's son Jason?

I don't know why that would be important.., just s suggestion
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8:34PM on 02/24/2015
I've seem suggestions of a young Colossus...

I'd like him to be Angel - certainly fit with the Apocalypse storyline...

I've seem suggestions of a young Colossus...

I'd like him to be Angel - certainly fit with the Apocalypse storyline...

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