This summer will ring in the 15th anniversary of the X-Men film, one of the films that gave way to the rising success of comic book films. Between 2000 and now, the X-men have de-aged on the silver screen from the prequel films X-Men: First Class, from 2011 and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
While the only returning characters from the original X-Men were Professor X, Magneto, Mystique, Wolverine, Beast and Toad; the impending release of X-Men: Apocalypse will bring forth Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, and Nightcrawler. Indeed, the role of Nightcrawler, an cobalt-skinned teleporting mutant, has now been cast as Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Smit-McPhee initially gained some attention for his roles in The Road and Let Me In, but has been recently seen as the lead in Slow West. Fans at Rocket Fuel have learned that, like two of the newer characters to the prequel-era films, Kodi is also 18 years old. Such a young age for this new wave of talent means that they should be more than capable of aging into older versions of the character for later films.
Within the series canon, Nightcrawler was an orphan who first met the X-Men as a Presidential assassin. Obviously, the temporal juggling of X-Men: Days of Future Past somehow changed this.
X-Men: Apocalypse is set for a May 27th release in 2016.