X-Men: James Marsden On Who Could Replace Him As Cyclops (Exclusive)

Tom Butler
Senior UK Writer

James Marsden, the actor who played mutant hero Cyclops in the original ‘X-Men’ trilogy, has backed his ‘The Best of Me’ co-star Luke Bracey to replace him in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ writer Simon Kinberg exclusively revealed to Yahoo Movies last week that Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey would probably have to be recast for the next X-Men film, due to its 1980s setting, and Marsden thinks Bracey - who plays a younger version of himself in ‘The Best of Me’ - could be just the man to fill his distinctive visor.

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“Yeah, that’d be great [if Luke Bracey took over as Cyclops],” he explains in our exclusive video below, “Then he could just eventually take over being me. Then I would never get another role as long as I live!”

While he may be joking, we do think Bracey would make a decent Cyclops in ‘Apocalypse’. The 25-year old is the right age and his star is on the ascendence.

His next big film will see him taking on the Keanu Reeves role in the ‘Point Break’ remake, as undercover FBI man Johnny Utah, so he’s no stranger to filling big boots, and we’re sure he’d jump at the chance to add another big franchise to his CV.

Above: Luke Bracey attends the ‘GI Joe: Retaliation’ premiere in LA.

However, Marsden is not convinced he’s fully finished with the role just yet having made a cameo appearance in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ earlier this year.

“Who knows what’s happening [with ‘X-Men’]? It’s all just speculation at this point. If [recasting] does happen, it was because of a timeline issue. I know so little about that whole world.”

“Most of the time, the actors are the last to know.”

‘The Best of Me’, starring James Marsden, Luke Bracey, and Michelle Monaghan, is in cinemas 15 October.

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