A Casting Announcement For ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ May Have Confirmed Two Important Characters

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender at X-Men Days of Future Past
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(There are possible casting spoilers below, which is why I used the banner of James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. They’re obviously in the movie.)

Last month, Channing Tatum and some of his fellow Magic Mike XXL actors made an appearance at CinemaCon to talk bulge-shakin’ and heart-breakin’, but of course the conversation with our boy C-Tates turned to Gambit. Specifically, would Gambit be showing up in X-Men: Apocalypse with the new versions of Jean Grey and Nightcrawler, among other mutant characters? Tatum played dumb about the whole thing, which of course led us to believe that “I can’t talk about that” means “Yes, Gambit will be in Apocalypse,” but there still hasn’t been any official word.

Also unknown is whether Hugh Jackman will return as Wolverine to battle the pyramid-building mutant from the Days of Future Past post-credits scene, and while it sounds weird that he wouldn’t be in the film, weirder things have happened. Like, for example, Brett Ratner directing an X-Men movie. However, according to a Quebec casting call obtained by, we have no reason to worry about either of these mutants being absent.

It has all lead to this. All of the battles (both outside and within the group), action, relationships and time travel that the uncanny X-Men have endured have lead to this, their biggest story ever – X-Men: Apocalypse. Following the universe changing events of 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past comes this epic mutant adventure and with it a number of casting opportunities for performers of all ages.

X-Men: Apocalypse will follow the super-powered mutants battling their most powerful foe yet, the devious and devastatingly dangerous Apocalypse. This legendary villain uses his incredible abilities to alter his physical form, access other mutant superpowers and telekinesis to recruit a cult-like group called the Four Horsemen to be his servants and do his bidding in an all-out war against the X-Men.

The cast of X-Men: Apocalypse will feature a who’s who of X-Men characters and some of Hollywood’s most talented performers playing them including Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) as Mystique, Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street) as Gambit, Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) as Magneto, Golden Globe nominee James McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland) as Charles Xavier, Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables) as Wolverine, 2-time Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne (Neighbors) as Moira MacTaggert, Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) as Beast, Olivia Munn (The Newsroom) as Psylocke, 3-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Nightcrawler, Alexandra Shipp (Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B) as Storm, Tye Sheridan (The Stanford Prison Experiment) as Cyclops and Golden Globe nominee Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens) as the villain Apocalypse.

As points out, there’s a chance this casting-call notice just used some previous rumors and plot reports to piece this information together, but I can prove it’s false based on a much simpler point. Jennifer Lawrence gets top billing over C-Tates? On what planet? Ain’t no actor gonna upstage the hardest twerkin’ playboy in all of $how bizzzna$$$ty.