Tye Sheridan will be facing plenty of scrutiny when he steps into the role of Cyclops for X-Men: Apocalypse this year, but one critic he won't have to fear is James Marsden.
Sheridan wowed audiences with his powerful performance opposite Matthew McConaughey in the 2012 drama Mud. While he's been involved in other projects since then, his latest Marvel role will be the young star's biggest part to date. After word came in this week that the young actor would be stepping into Marsden's role for the upcoming reboot, the original X-Men star had a few things to say about his new counterpart.
"I think he's a wonderful talented actor who blew me away in Mud," admitted Marsden when he spoke with HitFix on Jan. 23. "I've never seen a kid that young be that present and that powerful."
Marsden expressed complete confidence in Sheridan's acting capabilities and wished him luck with the role.
"I think he's a perfect fit," noted Marsden, "And I congratulate him."
Since X-Men: Days of Future Past disrupted the original timeline, Sheridan will have the opportunity to develop the role and make it his own outside of Marsden's arc for the character.
Sheridan will appear alongside Sophie Turner (Jean Grey) of Game of Thrones fame and Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B star Alexandra Shipp (Storm). The three newcomers will be joining returning cast members from the previous X-Men films, including Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Evan Peters (Quicksilver) and James McAvoy (Charles Xavier).
X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to hit theatres May 27, 2016.