X-Men: Apocalypse to Potentially Recast Halle Berry’s Storm, James Marsden’s Cyclops, and Famke Janssen’s Jean

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Cast of Future Past? Longtime X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg dropped a bomb on fans during a Yahoo Q&A for the film’s next installment, Apocalypse. The upcoming film, which follows the 2014 box office smash X-Men: Days of Future Past, will take place a decade after where Days of Future Past left off.

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During the Q&A, Kinberg was asked if some of the series’ most popular mutants like Storm (Halle Berry), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Jean (Famke Janssen) will have to be recast to make up for the time jump. 

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“If we included some of the original X-Men like Storm and Jean and Scott [Summers aka Cyclops] and others in Apocalypse, yeah, we would have to recast them because Apocalypse takes place a good 20 years before X1, which now insanely was 10 to 15 years ago,” Kinberg explained. “Halle [Berry], Famke [Janssen], and Jimmy [Marsden] and others have done such wonderful jobs of bringing those characters to life. It would be a tall task. But I also would have said before First Class there would have been no way we find actors who could stand alongside Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, but I think we managed to with Michael [Fassbender] and James [McAvoy], finding their own interpretations of the characters, not doing an impersonation.”

The Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) in 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Credit: 20th Century Fox/courtesy Everett Collection

The details surrounding Apocalypse might be confusing to some fans who remember the big twist at the end of Days of Future Past, which left Logan aka The Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back at the Xavier Institute where all of the mutants, even those who were once dead, are living peacefully and happily under the direction of Professor Charles Xavier. But Apocalypse will take place where we left the younger Charles Xavier (McAvoy) and Magneto (Fassbender). 

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According to Deadline, Xavier, Magneto, Wolverine, Beast (Nicholas Hoult), and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) will be joined by “young Cyclops, Storm, Jean and others as the X-Men must fight their most formidable foe yet: an ancient unrelenting force determined to cause an apocalypse unlike any in human history.”

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Channing Tatum will also star in this installment as Gambit, a mutant who can create, control, and manipulate pure kinetic energy. He is skilled at card throwing and hand-to-hand combat.

X-Men: Apocalypse is set to hit theaters May 27, 2016.

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