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Kodi Smit-McPhee cast as Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse

02.18.2015

X-Men: Apocalypse Bryan Singer Kodi Smit-McPhee James McAvoy Michael Fassbender

Back in March of last year, director Bryan Singer said he wanted Gambit and a young Nightcrawler to appear in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Channing Tatum was "unofficially officially" announced to play Gambit in the upcoming X-Men flick a few months later, and yesterday Bryan Singer announced that Kodi Smit-McPhee has been cast as the teleporting mutant. Singer welcomed the DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and LET ME IN actor to the project in a post on Instagram.

 

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

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Alan Cumming's Nightcrawler was one of the highlights of X2: X-MEN UNITED, and although it sounded like the filmmakers were at least considering bringing him back for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, it didn't pan out. We got some teleporting action in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS thanks to Jason Flemyng's Azazel, but his appearance just made me wish Nightcrawler was in the film.

I was actually just telling someone the other day I had my fingers crossed that Nightcrawler will be in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, and I'm very interested in seeing how Singer will re-introduce the mutant in his new movie. Some people might not be too high on Kodi Smit-McPhee playing the comic book character, but in my opinion he's a very solid young actor, and I'm sure he'll do just fine as Nightcrawler.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE will be in theaters on May 27, 2016.

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1:05PM on 02/19/2015

perfect!

I wished he would either play Spider-Man our nightcrawler. They could bring his actual origin from the comics into play. In dofp when mystique was looking through the pictures in trasks office she started crying when she got to azazels file. They could definitely discuss that further.
I wished he would either play Spider-Man our nightcrawler. They could bring his actual origin from the comics into play. In dofp when mystique was looking through the pictures in trasks office she started crying when she got to azazels file. They could definitely discuss that further.
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7:34PM on 02/19/2015
Right on! I don't get why most people here seem to want a grown up and heavily muscled actor for Spiderman. Seems to me he is the eternal scrawny teenager, his strength comes from a different place. And even more so with the Avengers, he would look much cooler being the kid around the grownups.
I hadn't caught that Mystique crying was cause of Azazel in particular, that is a nice touch that opens possibilities.
Right on! I don't get why most people here seem to want a grown up and heavily muscled actor for Spiderman. Seems to me he is the eternal scrawny teenager, his strength comes from a different place. And even more so with the Avengers, he would look much cooler being the kid around the grownups.
I hadn't caught that Mystique crying was cause of Azazel in particular, that is a nice touch that opens possibilities.
12:27AM on 02/19/2015
Glad Nightcrawler is back he is such a cool X-Man. This looks like a good casting job, now if only we can guarantee he will get enough screen time.
Glad Nightcrawler is back he is such a cool X-Man. This looks like a good casting job, now if only we can guarantee he will get enough screen time.
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3:03PM on 02/18/2015
This seems like a perfect cast job to me. Man, I'm hoping that Nightcrawler can be used as effectively as Quicksilver. I forget whether or not they are bringing Quicksilver back? I'm assuming yes since he was such a big home run. How great would it be to see Quicksilver and Nightcrawler in action together? That would have some serious potential to be one of, if not, the best comic book scenes depicted in movie history.
This seems like a perfect cast job to me. Man, I'm hoping that Nightcrawler can be used as effectively as Quicksilver. I forget whether or not they are bringing Quicksilver back? I'm assuming yes since he was such a big home run. How great would it be to see Quicksilver and Nightcrawler in action together? That would have some serious potential to be one of, if not, the best comic book scenes depicted in movie history.
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4:31PM on 02/18/2015
Good call!! The Quicksilver scene was fantastic. If he grabbed Kurt and ran that fast with him teleporting.... endless possibilities!!! Or imagine Blink opening portals for Nightcrawler to use his "line of sight teleportation" He is such a fun character!!!!
Good call!! The Quicksilver scene was fantastic. If he grabbed Kurt and ran that fast with him teleporting.... endless possibilities!!! Or imagine Blink opening portals for Nightcrawler to use his "line of sight teleportation" He is such a fun character!!!!
2:24PM on 02/18/2015
Cool, Nightcrawler is an amazing mutant. Now I hope they find some other young skinny one like him for Spiderman.
Cool, Nightcrawler is an amazing mutant. Now I hope they find some other young skinny one like him for Spiderman.
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1:56PM on 02/18/2015
Such a great actor.He`s amazing in the tv show Gallipoli.
Such a great actor.He`s amazing in the tv show Gallipoli.
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12:01PM on 02/18/2015
This time around, Nightcrawler's main mutant power will be looking like Kodi Smit-McPhee.
This time around, Nightcrawler's main mutant power will be looking like Kodi Smit-McPhee.
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11:46AM on 02/18/2015
The casting for all these characters is great so far. I just hope each gets a full role in the movie, not just an extended cameo
The casting for all these characters is great so far. I just hope each gets a full role in the movie, not just an extended cameo
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10:33AM on 02/18/2015

Good actor

Someone should make sure Bryan Singer doesn't diddle him but otherwise good choice
Someone should make sure Bryan Singer doesn't diddle him but otherwise good choice
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1:22PM on 02/18/2015
LOL, Singer does like the young ones.
LOL, Singer does like the young ones.
9:58AM on 02/18/2015
Like the character, but not really a fan of the actor. And since he is the son of Mystique, I wonder if that will be changed due to the all of the time travel stuff.
Like the character, but not really a fan of the actor. And since he is the son of Mystique, I wonder if that will be changed due to the all of the time travel stuff.
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9:43AM on 02/18/2015
Not sure of the story they're going to take Nightcrawler in if they're changing his origin. Singer now needs to announce that Cable is in this.
Not sure of the story they're going to take Nightcrawler in if they're changing his origin. Singer now needs to announce that Cable is in this.
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12:23PM on 02/18/2015
Singer's cable is always in it.
Singer's cable is always in it.
9:43AM on 02/18/2015

Good for him

He held his own against Chloe Grace-Moretz in LET ME IN (no easy feat). Glad to see him still getting roles.
He held his own against Chloe Grace-Moretz in LET ME IN (no easy feat). Glad to see him still getting roles.
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9:39AM on 02/18/2015

Just curious...

Anybody know what's going on with molestation charges against Singer? Feel like I haven't heard anything about this in awhile.
Anybody know what's going on with molestation charges against Singer? Feel like I haven't heard anything about this in awhile.
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9:09AM on 02/18/2015
He's supposed to be Azazel and Mistique's child. If they follow the Comics... But they rarely do, don't they ?!
Anyway, glad to see him back in the XCU !
He's supposed to be Azazel and Mistique's child. If they follow the Comics... But they rarely do, don't they ?!
Anyway, glad to see him back in the XCU !
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9:40PM on 02/18/2015
They still could make him the son of Mystique and Azazel. We know Azazel is dead because Mystique found the file in Trask's office but we don't know exactly when he died and we don't know what kind of relationship she had with Azazel before he died. Maybe the government took Nightcrawler and that is part of the reason she went psycho bitch and he is dead.
They still could make him the son of Mystique and Azazel. We know Azazel is dead because Mystique found the file in Trask's office but we don't know exactly when he died and we don't know what kind of relationship she had with Azazel before he died. Maybe the government took Nightcrawler and that is part of the reason she went psycho bitch and he is dead.
8:56AM on 02/18/2015
Nightcrawler is my favourite X-Man and I'm very happy he's finally back!

DOFP meant that everything that happened in the original trilogy is sort of void now so they can do what they want with the characters - the only thing I really want is for ages to tally and these younger actors to have a passing resemblance to the original actors. That's probably easier to do when the age gaps are far apart (like McAvoy and Stewart).

The vibe I'm getting (has it actually been said somewhere
Nightcrawler is my favourite X-Man and I'm very happy he's finally back!

DOFP meant that everything that happened in the original trilogy is sort of void now so they can do what they want with the characters - the only thing I really want is for ages to tally and these younger actors to have a passing resemblance to the original actors. That's probably easier to do when the age gaps are far apart (like McAvoy and Stewart).

The vibe I'm getting (has it actually been said somewhere official?) is that these new recasts for Cyclops, Jean, Storm and now Nightcrawler are setting up the franchise beyond Apocalypse? Taking the focus away from Prof X, Magneto, Mystique and Beast... If so I'm down with that idea totally.

Presumably though Professor X will still have to be involved though - and the 90s will cause a casting issue... Won't be need an actor to bridge the gap between McAvoy and Stewart?

Right now the only guy I could see doing that is Mark Strong - but others might see that as lazy casting, I don't know.

Anyway, I'm very excited about Apocalypse and hopeful for future X-Men films
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8:14AM on 02/18/2015
I did always want to see nightcrawler again, but don't know how it will fit with the continuity. Will it be a small cameo like toad in DOFP? Or are they going with the altered timeline idea, in which case angel and others could appear. I'm curious to see how this plays out.
I did always want to see nightcrawler again, but don't know how it will fit with the continuity. Will it be a small cameo like toad in DOFP? Or are they going with the altered timeline idea, in which case angel and others could appear. I'm curious to see how this plays out.
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8:05AM on 02/18/2015
AAAAHHHHH! This kid is TERRIBLE!
AAAAHHHHH! This kid is TERRIBLE!
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7:57AM on 02/18/2015
Hope this doesn't become X-Kids. I suppose that's unfair given the direction taken but I must admit I prefer my X-Men a little older. I'm sure he'll be good. I hope for a break and then a reboot at some stage due to how convoluted the overall world became over the course of the movies. They're good as individual movies but when you put them together it all gets a little messy.
Hope this doesn't become X-Kids. I suppose that's unfair given the direction taken but I must admit I prefer my X-Men a little older. I'm sure he'll be good. I hope for a break and then a reboot at some stage due to how convoluted the overall world became over the course of the movies. They're good as individual movies but when you put them together it all gets a little messy.
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7:54AM on 02/18/2015
Hmm, he certainly looks the part. Hopefully he can be as good as Alan Cummings in X2.
Hmm, he certainly looks the part. Hopefully he can be as good as Alan Cummings in X2.
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12:24PM on 02/18/2015
And Alan Cumming!
And Alan Cumming!
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