X-Men: Apocalypse Will HAVE To Recast Storm and Cyclops, Says Simon Kinberg (Exclusive)

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ screenwriter Simon Kinberg has confirmed to Yahoo that they will need to recast classic X-Men characters for the 2016 film. 

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It was confirmed overnight that Bryan Singer will return to direct ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, the third ‘X-Men’ film to feature the younger cast including Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult.

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The news came from Deadline along with the snippet of info that classic X-Men characters from the first three films would feature in ‘Apocalypse’, albeit in younger guises.

"Charles (James McAvoy), Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Hank/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) are 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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Screenwriter Simon Kinberg told Yahoo earlier this week that recasting these classic characters (originally portrayed by James Marsden, Halle Berry, and Famke Janssen) was a necessity, due to the 1980s setting of the film.

“If we included some of the original X-Men, like Storm, and Jean, and Scott [Summers, AKA Cyclops] and others in ‘Apocalypse’, then yeah, we would have to recast them because it takes place a good 20 years before ‘X1’ which now, insanely, was now 10-15 years ago. It’d be very hard to do.”

He also clarified that the next X-Men film probably wouldn’t feature any of the “future” mutants from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ such as Ellen Page’s Kitty Pryde or Omar Sy’s Bishop.

You can watch the edited highlights of our in-depth interview with the ‘X-Men’ screenwriter below, but make sure you come back on Friday for the full, uncut 17 minute video chat with Simon.

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‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ is released digitally on 20 October and on Blu-ray and DVD on 8 November.