“X-Men: Apocalypse” might be losing a famous face, but they’re rumored to be gaining quite a few more. As one of the “X-Men: First Class” cast members plans their leave, some of the original “X-Men” will return along with some new characters.
Jennifer Lawrence will not return as Mystique after “X-Men: Apocalypse," the actress recentlty confirmed. The upcoming film will mark the third time she has played the sci-fi character. The departure was confirmed on Monday by Lawrence herself. “It is my last one, actually,” she told MTV News.
Lawrence’s last film in the prequel series will reportedly be the first appearance for another actor. Channing Tatum is said to be making his debut as Gambit, a reporter at the Latino Review recently shared on Instagram. The actor’s debut as the Cajun superhero was thought to be in the announced 2016 “Gambit” film, but it seems he may be introduced to the X-Men universe even sooner. If he does appear in the 2016 "X-Men" film, it will reportedly only be as a cameo.
Some X-Men fans may have already anticipated a cameo from Tatum. Last year, director Bryan Singer revealed that he wanted the card-throwing hero in the film. "I'm considering a Gambit and potentially a young Nightcrawler for ‘Apocalypse,'" Singer said to Cine Premiere (via Comic Book Movie).
Tatum isn’t the only celebrity rumored to be making a cameo in the next "X-Men" installment. Halle Berry will reportedly return to her role as Storm, who also appeared in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” She might be running into a younger version of herself, though. Alexandra Shipp was cast as the teenage Storm in January, according to Cinema Blend.
If Berry returns, she'll be joined by another original cast member in the film. Hugh Jackman will reportedly come back for another round as Wolverine. Jackman’s rumored return is unsurprising as he has made it pretty clear in the past that he’ll play Wolverine for as long as possible.
“I said to my wife, ‘The moral is that I should never stop playing Wolverine. I've got to find a way to keep playing him until I die,’” Jackman told Cigar Aficionado (via E! Online). It looks like he’ll get his wish.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” starts filming in April and is set to be released in May 2016.