With reporting by Josh Horowitz
The "Apocalypse" is almost here. Or at least, the next film in the blockbuster "X-Men" series is almost upon us, following up on "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," and ostensibly wrapping up Jennifer Lawrence and company's involvement in the movies while passing the torch to a new generation of mutants.
Or rather, the old generation, as new actors -- including "Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner -- take on the roles of Jean Grey, Cyclops and more, but younger, since the movie is set in the 1980s. They'll be joined by even more mutants, including Olivia Munn as the telekinetic Psylocke, potentially Channing Tatum as the roguish Gambit (more on that in a moment), and all going up against the villainous, titular Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac.
But that doesn't mean we won't see some old faces, even if they are wearing new costumes -- as we found out when we caught up with Nicholas Hoult, who plays Beast in the series, as he was at CinemaCon in Las Vegas promoting "Mad Max: Fury Road."
"I have tried on a few '80s suits, it’s a sort of Richard Gere-esque, 'Pretty Woman' suits in the '80s," Hoult said laughing. "I kind of look like a kid dressed up."
Without any specific knowledge of the script, this does line up nicely with Beast's path in the original "X-Men" movies, where he eventually became a noted public speaker and liaison to the White House (as played by Kelsey Grammer in "X-Men: The Last Stand"). So seeing Hoult go from action hero to snazzily dressed hairy dude makes a lot of sense.
That said, this may -- or may not -- be our last glimpse of Hoult in the role.
“This is the last contracted one for now, so we’ll wait and see what the guys come up with," Hoult said of rumors he'll be leaving the franchise. "Simon Kinberg’s writing this one again, and Brian [Singer] is directing, so it’s going to be a good crew. There’s some cool stuff."
One actor you may not get a glimpse of, though, is Channing Tatum. The star is taking on the role of the ragin' Cajun, Gambit, in a solo movie of his own. That said, it seems like the rumors he may make a cameo in "Apocalypse" first have been greatly exaggerated.
“You know, I don’t know if I’m at liberty to say," Tatum said while promoting "Magic Mike XXL." "But I don’t think I want to introduce Gambit until you can really explain who Gambit is."
Then better get ready to hear Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) say, "Here's a mutant thief from New Orleans with a stick and a head-sock who can make things explode by touching them" on May 27, 2016, when "Apocalypse" hits theaters. Just kidding.