TORONTO — Australian actor Kodi Smit-McPhee is heading to Montreal this spring to play Nightcrawler in the latest chapter of the X-Men franchise, Apocalypse.
The casting of the 18-year-old Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star was announced Tuesday night on Instagram by director Bryan Singer.
Smit-McPhee will play the younger version of a character portrayed by Alan Cumming in 2003’s X2: X-Men United.
He joins previously announced newcomers Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey and Tye Sheridan as Cyclops.
Oscar Isaac will play the villain Apocalypse and Channing Tatum has been cast as Gambit.
Reprising their roles in the movie are Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Evan Peters, and Nicholas Hoult.
Director Bryan Singer arrived in Montreal last week for pre-production on X-Men: Apocalypse, which has the working title AKKABA (the name of a mutant cult that worships Apocalypse).
All or part of several X-Men films have been filmed in Canada — including 2000’s X-Men in Toronto and 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand in Vancouver. Last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse was filmed in Montreal.