18-year-old actor Kodi Smit-McPhee (Slow West) will portray Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner), the teleporting mutant in Bryan Singer's next X-Men film. Seasoned actor Alan Cumming previously played the role in X2: X-Men United, but Kodi promises his version will be more faithful to the source material.
"I think I'm really going to make it my own because it is kind of going back and its seeing the younger character," Smit-McPhee told Den of Geek. "I realize the Nightcrawler that is portrayed in X2 is one that has been through quite a bit more and has really embraced the superhero part of him—a kind of violent part. Whereas I think what they're trying to show here is the more vulnerable Nightcrawler and the one we all kind of related to in the comics. It's really the fun, happy, swashbuckling Nightcrawler that we all love, so I really can't wait to portray that. He's just very vulnerable and truthful, and grounded in his faith. I think it's something new though that we'll see."
Here's where things get really interesting, Kodi added, "But as I said, all of the traditional things that we want in it—it's still there. Hint, hint."
What's that "hint, hint" mean? I'm speculating, but I would assume he is referring to his parentage. In the comics, it was revealed that shapeshifting mutant Mystique is his mother and Azazel, the teleporting mutant with demonic-features, is his father.
In the cinematic universe, starting with First Class, both Mystique and Azazel appeared, played by Jennifer Lawrence and Jason Flemyng. That film was set in 1962 and so it is possible that when we get to X-Men: Apocalypse, which is set in 1983, that Mystique secretly got knocked up by Azazel and popped out a indigo-skinned baby.
If that ends up being the case, it makes that scene in Days of Future Past where Mystique discovered Azazel was among the mutants experimented on and killed by Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) devastatingly sad.
X-Men: Apocalypse will arrive in theaters May 27, 2016.