X-Men: Apocalypse has been gathering steam as of late as it nears production. And now, director Bryan Singer has just added Kodi Smit-McPhee on the ever-expanding casting sheet of the X-Men sequel. The young actor who was previously seen in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the vampire remake Let Me In is set to be the new Nightcrawler. Singer made the announcement on his Instagram account.
Previously portrayed by Alan Cumming in X2: X-Men United, the new Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner will be a younger and different incarnation than the one we previously saw on screen. Nightcrawler was one of the most popular X-Men characters in the 80s, which is likely why will be seeing the teleporting mutant in the new film, which is based in that time period.
In the comic books, Nightcrawler was depicted as the son of Mystique and Azazel, which could be a storyline that Singer may opt to continue seeing that both characters have appeared together in X-Men: First Class. Azazel, who was played by Jason Flemyng was revealed to be one of the mutants that was experimented on eventually killed by Bolivar Trask in Days of Future Past.