What's the best way to up your follower count on Instagram? If you're Bryan Singer, you use your account to tease your upcoming movie. Yesterday he dropped some concept art for "X-Men: Apocalypse," and late last night, Singer revealed his new Nightcrawler. Singer posted a professional-looking headshot of Kodi Smit-McPhee, with the caption, " Excited to welcome @kodismitmcphee to the cast of #XmenApocalypse as young #Nightcrawler." Smit-McPhee doubled up on the message by posting a similar Instagram announcement.
Kodi Smit-McPhee first snagged our attention as the nameless young boy in "The Road," followed by roles in "Let Me In," "ParaNorman," and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." However, the character of Nightcrawler, a fuzzy blue mutant with a prehensile tail, is probably the weirdest of them all. Alan Cumming transmogrified into a super creepy Nightcrawler in "X-Men 2," complete with yellow eyes, two-fingered hands, and scarred blue skin.
Smit-McPhee is joining a cast stacked with "X-Men" regulars like James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence Evan Peters, and Nicholas Hoult, as well as newcomers Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan, and Oscar Isaac. "X-Men Apocalypse" is currently slated for release on May 27, 2016.
I am humbled and honored to be joining this incredible project and to be able to tell the story of the well respected young mutant Nightcrawler. Thank you @Bryanjaysinger, and the passionate Xmen fans. @20thcenturyfox #Nightcrawler #XmenApocalypse