X-Men: Apocalypse

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X-Men: Apocalypse
2015 San Diego Comic-Con International promotional poster
Directed by Bryan Singer
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Simon Kinberg
Story by
Music by John Ottman
Cinematography Newton Thomas Sigel
Edited by John Ottman
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • May 27, 2016 (2016-05-27) (United States)
Country United States
Language English

X-Men: Apocalypse is an upcoming American superhero film based on the X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics. It is intended to be the sequel to 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past and the ninth installment in the X-Men film series. Directed by Bryan Singer, with a screenplay by Simon Kinberg from a story conceived by Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty, Kinberg, and Singer, the film features an ensemble cast starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Olivia Munn, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Lucas Till, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, and Ben Hardy.

The film was announced by Singer in December 2013 with Kinberg, Dougherty and Harris attached to develop the story. Casting began in October 2014 while principal photography commenced in April 2015 in Montreal, Canada and ended in August of the same year. X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016, in North America.[1]


Cast of X-Men: Apocalypse at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International. Top to bottom (scrollable): McAvoy, Fassbender, Lawrence, Isaac, Hoult, Munn, Peters, Smit-McPhee, Turner, Sheridan, Shipp, Condor, Till, and Hardy.
A mutant pacifist and the world's most powerful telepath. He is the founder of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.[3] McAvoy shaved his head for the role.[4]
A metal-controlling mutant and one of Apocalypse's horsemen. According to Fassbender, Lehnsherr has fallen in love with a woman in Poland and is trying to live a normal life there.[6]
A mutant with shapeshifting abilities. According to Singer, Raven is on her own, helping rescue mutants who are oppressed or enslaved, including Nightcrawler. Lawrence said "she hears about what happened to Erik and she wants to seek him out and help him."[6]
An ancient mutant born with a variety of superhuman abilities who further augmented himself after merging with Celestial technology. Isaac described Apocalypse as the "creative-slash-destructive force of [the] Earth." He added, "When things start to go awry, or when things seem like they're not moving towards evolution, [Apocalypse] destroys those civilizations."[6]
A mutant with blue fur, prehensile feet and superhuman strength, agility and reflexes.
A CIA agent and love interest of Professor X.
A mutant and one of Apocalypse's horsemen. Munn described Psylocke as "very lethal, very powerful and very strong."[10] She practiced swordfighting in preparation for the role.[11]
A mutant who can move at superhuman speeds.[13]
A teleporting mutant. Singer said that Nightcrawler is rescued by Raven and is a source of comic relief.[15]
A mutant with powerful telekinetic and telepathic abilities. Turner states that she was cast in the film because of the "dark side" of her character Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones. She compares Jean to Sansa and described being an outcast in the human world, who struggles with her power and gift, the same way Sansa felt, who wanted to live a normal life.[17] Turner learned archery in preparation for the role.[18]
A mutant who can project energy beams from his eyes and wears a visor or sunglasses to control them.[6] Sheridan describes Cyclops as "angry and a bit lost." He added, "He's now learning about being a mutant and trying to handle his powers."[20]
A mutant who can control weather[21] and one of Apocalype's horsemen. Shipp shaved her head partially, and sported a Mohawk for the role.[22][23]
A mutant who has the ability to absorb energy and release it with destructive force.[19][24]
A military officer who hates mutants.[26]
A mutant who can generate pyrotechnic energy plasmoids from her hands.[28]
A winged mutant and one of Apocalypse's horsemen.[30] Hardy practiced indoor skydiving in preparation for his role.[31]

Stan Lee will make a cameo appearance.[32]



In December 2013, Bryan Singer announced X-Men: Apocalypse on the social networking service Twitter for a May 27, 2016 release.[1] In the same month, Simon Kinberg, Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty were revealed by Singer to be attached to work on the story of the film.[33] According to Singer, the film will focus on the origin of the mutants and will feature the younger versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm.[34][35] Singer also said that he was considering Gambit and a younger version of Nightcrawler to appear.[36] According to Kinberg, it will take place in 1983 and will complete a trilogy that began with 2011's X-Men: First Class.[37][38] He also said that the film is set 20 years before 2000's X-Men.[38] In September 2014, 20th Century Fox officially announced that Singer would direct the film.[39] Singer has called this film "kind of a conclusion of six X-Men films, yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters" and the "true birth of the X-Men".[40]


"It will address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that's always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers."

—Bryan Singer on what will be seen in X-Men: Apocalypse.[34]

Singer said that Apocalypse is the main focus of the film. Kinberg said that the younger versions of Scott Summers, Storm and Jean Grey appearing in the film are "as much a part of the film as the main cast". He described Summers as "not yet the squeaky-clean leader", Storm as a "troubled character who is going down the wrong path in life", and Grey as "complex, interesting and not fully mature."[41]


In October 2014, casting for X-Men: Apocalypse began.[42] In November, Singer confirmed that Oscar Isaac would portray Apocalypse.[7] In January 2015, Singer announced that Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, and Tye Sheridan will portray young Storm, Jean, and Cyclops.[16] The same month, Kinberg confirmed that Rose Byrne would reprise her role as Moira MacTaggert in the film.[8] In February, Kodi Smit-McPhee was cast as Nightcrawler and Ben Hardy was cast in an unspecified role.[14][43] In March, Singer announced that Lana Condor was cast as Jubilation Lee.[27] In April, Singer confirmed that Hardy will portray Angel, Olivia Munn will portray Psylocke, and Lucas Till will return as Havok.[9][24][29] In May, Singer announced that the mutant Caliban will appear in the film.[44][45] In July, McAvoy revealed on Conan that Josh Helman is in the film as William Stryker.[46]


Principal photography commenced on April 27, 2015 in Montreal, Canada,[47] and ended on September 4, 2015.[48] In late August, the first-unit production for the film wrapped.[49]


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