Its not like we didn’t get enough mutants in the last X-Men trilogy ending film, so they’re adding more for this second trilogy’s final chapter. Announcing via Instagram, Bryan Singer has confirmed Kodi Smit-McPhee has been cast as the young version of Nightcrawler in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse film for 2016.

Smit-McPhee is known for his recent appearance in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but is lauded for his performance in The Road. As Nightcrawler, we haven’t seen the character since X-2, which was then portrayed by Alan Cumming. With the fuzzy elf and son of Mystique joining the other new cast members, will we see more Nightcrawler going forward after Apocalypse?

Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse also stars Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), with Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), and Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse). The movie reportedly starts shooting this summer and will hit theaters on May 27, 2016.

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

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