Apr 02, 2016 02:22 AM EDT By Maria Cabrera

'X-Men: Apocalypse' Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Oscar Isaac & More

"It is 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".

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  • X-Men: Apocalypse is an upcoming 2016 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. The film is directed by Bryan Singer. The sequel is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016.

    Premise: Since ancient times, the first and most powerful mutant, Apocalypse—immortal and invincible—has been worshipped as a god. But when Apocalypse awakens from hibernation of thousands of years and decides to end humanity and to take over the world, Raven and Charles Xavier lead a team of young X-Men to face Apocalypse and defeat him.

    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. Singer also said that he was considering Gambit and a younger version of Nightcrawler to appear. 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".

    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."
  • James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X.

    A mutant pacifist and the world's most powerful telepath. He is the founder of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. McAvoy shaved his head for the role.
  • Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme / Mystique

    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."
  • Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto.

    A mutant with the ability to control magnetic fields and manipulate metal who becomes 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.
  • Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert

    A CIA agent who first met and fell in love with Xavier in X-Men: First Class, where he wiped portions of her memories of him and the X-Men at the end. Simon Kinberg said they are "essentially, strangers" to MacTaggert when they meet in this film.
  • Olivia Munn as Elizabeth Braddock / Psylocke

    A mutant with telepathic and telekinetic abilities who becomes one of Apocalypse's horsemen. When using her telepathic powers, a butterfly-shaped energy aura would appear around her face. Munn described Psylocke as "very lethal, very powerful and very strong." She practiced swordfighting in preparation for the role.[25] According to Singer, Psylocke is working behind the Iron Curtain for the mutant-broker Caliban.
  • Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy / Beast

    A mutant with blue fur, prehensile feet and superhuman strength, agility and reflexes. Hank acts as a teacher in Xavier's school and he builds inventions for troubled students. He also built the X-Jet.
  • Oscar Isaac as En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse.

    The world's first and most powerful mutant, born in ancient times 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."
  • X-Men co-creator Stan Lee will make a cameo appearance.
  • Sophie Turner as Jean Grey

    A mutant who is scared of her telepathic and telekinetic power and one of Charles Xavier's most prized students. 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. Turner learned archery in preparation for the role.
  • Lucas Till as Alex Summers / Havok

    A mutant who has the ability to absorb energy and release it with destructive force, and the brother of Cyclops.
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler

    A German teleporting mutant and one of Charles Xavier's new students. Singer said that Nightcrawler is rescued by Raven and is a source of comic relief.
  • Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers / Cyclops.

    A mutant who can project energy beams from his eyes and wears a visor or sunglasses to control them, and the brother of Havok. 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." Havok brings Cyclops to Xavier's school so that the professor could help him with his powers.
  • Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe / Storm

    An Egyptian mutant orphan who can control weather who finds a father figure in Apocalypse and becomes one of his horsemen. Shipp shaved her head partially, and sported a Mohawk for the role.[29][30] According to Singer, Apocalypse finds teenage Storm living on the streets in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver

    A mutant who can move at superhuman speeds, and the son of Magneto. Describing the relationship between Quicksilver and Magneto, Peters stated, "I have learned that he's my father at this point and I am trying to … I don’t know what I can say. I'm trying to … Yeah. It's like an adoptive child or any kind of child who has a strange father trying to … He knows who he is now so he is trying to find him. He's been searching for him. It's been 10 years and he hasn't found him and then something happens."
  • Josh Helman as William Stryker

    A military officer who hates mutants. Ten years since Days of Future Past, Stryker has been developing his own plan for how he wants to proceed with the "mutant problem".
  • Ben Hardy as Warren Worthington III / Archangel

    A mutant with feather and metallic wings and the last-to-be-recruited horseman, based on a famous X-factor storyline in the comicbook event Fall of the Mutants. Hardy practiced indoor skydiving in preparation for his role. According to Singer, Archangel is duking it out in a fight club in Berlin, Germany, when Apocalypse finds him.
  • Lana Condor as Jubilation Lee / Jubilee

    A fashionable mutant student at Charles' school who can generate pyrotechnic energy plasmoids from her hands. According to Condor, her power is more "fire-plasmoid, electricity type” contrary to the fireworks powers of Jubilee in the comics.
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