‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Casts Kodi Smit-McPhee as New Nightcrawler
X-Men: Apocalypse is continuing the tradition of recasting classic X-Men as younger characters (Sophie Turner as Jean Grey and Tye Sheridan as Cyclops), so it should be no surprise that another fan favorite is getting recast. Director Bryan Singer announced on Instagram that Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) has signed on to star as Nightcrawler, a sleazy Hollywood paparazzi who will stop at nothing to get his shot. (Wait…)
Jake Gyllenhaal confusion aside, X-Men: Apocalypse will bring back Kurt Wagner, aka Nightcrawler, the teleporting mutant last seen in the dramatic opening sequence of X2 (as played by Alan Cumming). In the comics, Nightcrawler is the son of Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Azazel (played by Jason Isaacs in X-Men: First Class), but that origin appears to be thrown out the door for this movie.
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