X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer has confirmed previous reports that EastEnders’ Peter Beale (aka Ben Hardy) will be playing winged mutant hero Angel in the upcoming superhero movie – but he might be a little less angelic than you’d expect…
“Ben Hardy is Angel – I shall confirm it for you!” Singer told Empire. “But he’s not a very nice Angel! And that’s all I’ll say…”
But how could an angel be anything less than nice? Well, in the comics series that the next X-Men film is drawing its influence from, evil mutant Apocalypse (played by Oscar Isaac in the film) recruits the feathered founding X-Man to be one of his quartet of sidekicks, or “four horseman” – Death, in his case, though he also went by the name Archangel.
This transformation regrew Angel’s natural wings (which had been cut off in a previous adventure) with metallic ones, but also warped the hero’s mind and turned him against his fellow heroes – and considering other concept art Empire released (below) it seems likely the film will follow this storyline.
Hardy will join fellow X-Men newcomers Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Lana Condor and Alexandra Shipp in the film, and returning stars Jennifer Lawrence (who’s leaving the series after the next film), James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult.
It’s all a long way from Albert Square, and sounds like A fairly sizeable (and central) role for Hardy, especially compared to the fairly minor storyline the flying X-Man received in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand (as played by Ben Foster). Isn’t it nice to see Ben Hardy spreading his wings?
X-Men: Apocalypse will be released on the 19th May 2016