Now, this is a little unexpected.
We already know that director Bryan Singer is casting a slew of young actors to be featured in his upcoming “X-Men” film, but we didn’t know which character is going to appear and who is going to portray it. He made it even harder to guess when the plot details are being kept under wraps.
On 25th March, the director surprised his fans on Instagram by announcing a new cast member of “X-Men: Apocalypse“.
Singer revealed on Instagram that newcomer Lana Condor is set to join the film as Jubilee a.k.a. Jubilation Lee, a Chinese American teenage mutant who is capable of generating pyrotechnic energy plasmoids from her hands.
Very little is known about Condor, other than the fact she is making her film debut through “X-Men: Apocalypse”. Her character was popularised in the early 1990s as she was the youngest member in the “X-Men” Universe. After the death of her immigrant parents, Jubilee became a “mall rat” and eventually joined the junior team, “Generation X”. After being bitten by Xarus, son of Dracula, she gained superhuman strength and speed from her transformation into a vampire.
Despite having appeared in the original “X-Men” film trilogy, she was never a major character in the film series. She was first portrayed by Katrina Florence in the first “X-Men” film, followed by Kea Wong in “X2”, and “X-Men: The Last Stand”. She was also portrayed by Heather McComb in the 1996’s made-for-TV film, “Generation X”.
Further details regarding Condor’s role have yet to announced, but she is expected to play a big part in the film.
James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult will reprise their respective mutant roles in “X-Men: Apocalypse”. Oscar Isaac has joined the cast to play the titular villain Apocalypse while Rose Byrne will reprise her role as Moira MacTaggert.
“Game of Thrones” actress Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp (of “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” fame), and Kodi Smit-McPhee will play the younger versions of Storm, Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Nightcrawler, while “EastEnders” star Ben Hardy is joining the film for an undisclosed role.
Singer will direct “X-Men: Apocalypse” based on a screenplay written by Simon Kinberg, Mike Dougherty, and Dan Harris. The movie will begin filming in Montreal in this April before its release on 27th May 2016.
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