First Look: Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'
by Ethan Anderton
April 27, 2015
Back in February was when we heard from director Bryan Singer that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Kodi Smit-McPhee would be playing a younger version of the teleporting mutant Nightcrawler, originally played by Alan Cumming in X2: X-Men United. And now, just a couple months later, we have our first look at Smit-McPhee teleporting in a quick little video that Singer posted to Twitter. Though the tweet making the reveal has since been removed, the video is still available online. We don't know anything about how Nightcrawler will be introduced this time, but Smit-McPhee looks good in the blue make-up. Look now!
Here's our first look at Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, originally from Bryan Singer:
And here's a still image of what we see in the video above:
X-Men: Apocalypse is directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past), who co-wrote the script with Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris and Simon Kinberg. Plot details are scarce, but we know the comic book villain Apocalypse will be the antagonist, and we'll see Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan and Kodi Smit-McPhee join the team as Storm, Jean Grey, Cyclops and Nightcrawler respectively with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Rose Byrne all reprising their franchise roles. X-Men: Apocalypse arrives in theaters on May 27th, 2016.
Reader Feedback - 17 Comments
capitandelespacio on Apr 27, 2015
Exactly what I was thinking, fix up the hair a little, otherwise I think it looks good.
Justin R on Apr 27, 2015
takes place in the 80s
Alex Medina on Apr 27, 2015
Took the word outta my mouth.
avconsumer2 on Apr 27, 2015
If ever a face deserved the name Kodi Smit-McPhee its his
Al Apone on Apr 27, 2015
This looks suitable.
Brian Sleider on Apr 27, 2015
Well they did justice to his color theme.
Tuomas Lassila on Apr 27, 2015
Looks like MJ from Thriller crossed with Avatar.
ryderup on Apr 27, 2015
Blimey, and people bitched about the new Joker! This is toilet.
Eggyweggs on Apr 27, 2015
Dude, this ain't even close to that Joker garbage. Seriously...
Bl00dwerK on Apr 27, 2015
For real. This actually LOOKS like Nightcrawler, at least.
Lar Rackell on Apr 28, 2015
looks like cheap fan art
Richard Head on Apr 27, 2015
Awesome job. I am excited to see how annoying Teen Nightcrawler will be to the rest of the team. At least, I hope they play it that way.
Maxx on Apr 27, 2015
Pretty cool. Looks the part. Better than I expected, to be honest.
DAVIDPD on Apr 27, 2015
wtf is bryan singer credited to directing "X-men the last stand" ? that was the horrible BRET RATNER! get it right before you try to destroy his name with that garbo movie.
Kanoosh on Apr 28, 2015
When they said 80's Xmen, call me crazy but I thought the filmmakers would look at the classic 80's Xmen comics. Nightcrawler did not look like this. Bryan Singe and Simon Kinberg are clueless. Send it back to Marvel already. I will vote with my ticket buying power and not pay to see any more from this lot.
Age of Marvel on Apr 28, 2015
Everyone: "Why are you dressed like a pirate!?" Scott: "Are you a pirate?" Nightcrawler: "Pirates are in this year!"
Akirakorn on Apr 30, 2015
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