Bryan Singer casts a young Nightcrawler for X-Men: Apocalypse

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Feb 18, 2015, 12:01 PM EST (Updated)

For many X-fans, Nightcrawler stands out as particular favorite character. He looks cool, he's got awesome powers, he's got a sense of humor, and he's just generally a good person, even in the face of a world that often shuns him. So it's a bit of a bummer that, in five X-Men films so far, he's appeared only once, in 2003's X2: X-Men United. Thankfully, the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse provides a bit of a clean slate. Since it's set in the 1980s, there's an opportunity for characters to return in younger form, and director Bryan Singer's already taken advantage of that by casting three young actors to play Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm in the film. Now we know that Nightcrawler will also return in younger form, and he'll be played by an actor well-known to genre audiences.

Singer announced via his Instragram page Tuesday that Australian actor Kodi Smit-McPhee will play Nightcrawler in Apocalypse. Smit-McPhee is only 18, but he's built an impressive genre resume so far with acclaimed roles in The RoadLet Me In and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and now he'll add the X-Men universe to his resume. 

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

A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Feb 17, 2015 at 8:21pm PST

Smit-McPhee joins a cast that already includes returning cast members James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennnifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters, along with new X-Men Tye Sherdian (Cyclops), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm) and Oscar Isaac in the title role of Apocalypse. X-Men: Apocalypse will be released on May 27, 2016.

What do you think? Is Smit-McPhee right for the role?

(Via Instagram)