X-Men: Apocalypse scored its next star with British actor Ben Hardy this week.
20th Century Fox's decision to cast the young actor was announced by Variety on Tuesday.
Best known as Peter Beale on East Enders, a soap series on the BBC, Hardy's role in the upcoming X-Men flick remains a mystery. It was, however, emphasized that Hardy's character is important in the comics.
So has Hardy taken on the role of Legion? Does this mean rumors about Professor X's son are true? Earlier this month ComicBook.com theorized that the new film could follow the comic's Age Of Apocalypse timeline. In this narrative, Professor Xavier's son, Legion, goes back in time in order to murder Magneto. Things go horribly wrong though and the mutant ends up killing his own father by accident. This leads to a world filled with chaos.
Patrick Stewart (older Charles Xavier) confirmed with Oregon Live on Feb. 6 that Ian McKellen (older Magneto) will be reprising his role for the film, which could suggest some time travel and therefore validate the Legion theory.
As long as Hardy's role remains a mystery, anything seems possible.
Earlier this month Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner was announced for the role of Jean Grey, with Mud's Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Aaliyah:The Princess Of R&B's Alexandra Shipp as Storm, and The Road's Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler.
The latest Marvel installment will also see the return of First Class and Days of Future Past alum James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), and Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique).
X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to hit theatres on May 27, 2016.