It’s been no secret that Fox has some ambitious plans for the future of their comic book franchises (X-Men and Fantastic Four) so this bit of news probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. In a recent interview X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer says that he’s considering bringing fan-favorite characters Nightcrawler and Gambit back into the franchise for X-Men: Apocalypse.
I’m a little surprised that Singer wants to include Gambit since the character has yet to make an appearance in any of his X-Men films so far (which seems to include Days of Future Past). There have also been rumors that Fox wants to make a solo Gambit movie so that may impact what kind of role (if any) the character may play in Apocolypse.
Either way, considering the mixed reception of his performance and his diminished star power in the years since X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I don’t see Taylor Kitsch being asked to reprise his role. Channing Tatum has been rumored as a possibility but that’s mostly revolved around Gambit’s alleged solo film and it seems unlikely that the studio would hire a star as big as Tatum for what would likely be just a supporting performance.
Less surprising is his desire to bring back Nightcrawler. He had a well received role in X2 but has been noticeably absent from the franchise ever since. It’s being said that Apocalypse will take place in the 80s though, so it’s likely Singer would cast a younger actor for the role if he were to indeed make an appearance.
Of course, Singer still hasn’t technically confirmed that either character will be in the movie yet, so all this is purely speculation on my part.
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