January 30, 2015
Rose Byrne Confirmed For 'X-MEN APOCALYPSE'; Will Reprise CIA Agent Moira MacTaggert
Entertainment Weekly has word from writer-producer Simon Kinberg that we'll be seeing a familiar face from X-Men First Class in Bryan Singer's X-Men Apocalypse.
Simon confirms that Aussie actress Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, Neighbors) will indeed reprise the role of CIA agent Moria MacTaggert in the sequel. Affirming that Moira is a "a significant character in the movie". Kingberg expands on what else we should expect to see in the film.
“We ended First Class with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. They are, essentially, strangers to her when she meets them.”
“It’s certainly a rich relationship that we started to dig into in First Class, and would like to mine more in this one,”
“This movie is the completion of the first arcs of Charles, Eric, Raven, and Hank, who are essentially our main characters,” he explains. “They’re such young actors and young characters, so there’s a lot more story to tell. But as a first phase of their lives, there is this feeling of closure by the end of the movie.”
He also talks about the film's setting in the 1980's which has been confirmed ages back and even teases a possible cameo from Dazzler.
“That’s the era that I grew up in,” he says. “The music, the fashion, the videogames: We really want to integrate all of that in the movie, and have it infuse the movie with a different vibe.” Does this mean they’ll finally find some room for disco clubkid Dazzler? “Could happen,” laughs Kinberg. “We’re certainly looking at mutants that would fit into the period.”
Production will begin in Montreal this April with new cast members added to the franchise including Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey and Alexandra Shipp as Storm. Returning in their roles will be Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult.
We haven't had official confirmation that Hugh Jackman's Wolverine will be in the film but he's expected to be apart of it, Channing Tatum's Gambit could show-up as well.
It's release date is set for May 27th, 2016 which will be months after the release of Ryan Reynolds' X-Men spin-off Deadpool next February.