Kodi Smit-McPhee is Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse!

Nightcrawler, the “fuzzy elf” mutant with the ability to teleport, is headed back to the big screen! X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer just revealed (via his Instagram account) that Kodi Smit-McPhee (ParaNorman, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) will play the character in the May 27, 2016 release.

James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult are set to lead the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse, which will also see the return of Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert and newcomers Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, and Tye Sheridan as young versions of Storm, Jean Grey, and Cyclops. Oscar Isaac is set to star as the film’s title mutant antagonist.

Nightcrawler, created by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum, made his first comic book appearance in “Giant Size X-Men” #1 back in 1975. Singer previously cast Alan Cumming as an older (and now parallel timeline) version of Nightcrawler in his X2.

X-Men: Apocalypse is being written by Simon Kinberg from a treatment by Mike Dougherty, Dan Harris and Kinberg.

Said to be the conclusion of a trilogy started with X-Men: First Class and continued with X-Men: Days of Future Past, cameras will start rolling on the next adventure in Montreal beginning in April.

You can check out Singer’s original Instagram post below:


Excited to welcome @kodismitmcphee to the cast of #XmenApocalypse as young #Nightcrawler. @alexvaughanphoto

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