X-Men: Apocalypse casts Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler

The Road star will play the teleporting blue mutant previously portrayed by Alan Cumming

The ranks of the X-Men are swelling yet again, with ParaNorman star Kodi Smit-Mcphee joining the team as yet another merry mutant for the upcoming sequel X-Men: Apocalypse.


According to the announcement on director Bryan Singer’s Instagram account, McPhee will play teleporting blue mutant Nightcrawler, a German former circus performer and devout Catholic whose faith contrasts with his demonic appearance.

In the original X-Men comics Nightcrawler (real name Kurt Wagner) was also the son of fellow blue mutant Mystique (currently played by Jennifer Lawrence in the films), so there may be getting some tense McPhee/Lawrence moments coming up…

While the character hasn’t appeared in the films for a while, McPhee’s not the first to play the swashbuckling Nightcrawler, with Alan Cumming having taken on the role for 2003’s X-Men 2. Cumming decided not to return for future instalments, but left his mark with a now-iconic introductory action scene that may be tricky for McPhee to top:

Oh yeah, he has a tail too.

McPhee joins fellow series newcomers Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Channing Tatum (Gambit), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) and Alexandra Shipp (Storm), along with regulars Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and Oscar Isaac as new villain Apocalypse. Ian McKellen may also return as the older version of Fassbender’s Magneto, but this is currently unconfirmed.

And no, Jake Gyllenhaal is not involved…


X-Men: Apocalypse will be released in May 2016