While Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen won’t be returning for X-Men: Apocalypse, it looks like Rose Byrne will be.
The Bridemaids star is set to reprise her role as Moira MacTaggert in Bryan Singer’s final film of the First Class trilogy, according to EW, which added that Apocalypse screenwriter Simon Kinberg revealed that the CIA Agent and Professor X love interest will be “a significant character in the movie.”
Apocalypse is set in the 1980s, about 20 years after the events of X-Men: First Class, the film in which Byrne originated the role. Here’s more of what Kinberg told EW:
“We ended First Class with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. They are, essentially, strangers to her when she meets them.” Apocalypse is set in the early ’80s, roughly 20 years after First Class, and Kinberg is mum about how she ties into the film. But expect to see further developments in her interaction with Professor Xavier. “It’s certainly a rich relationship that we started to dig into in First Class, and would like to mine more in this one,” teases Kinberg.
Kinberg, who also co-wrote the script for Fox’s upcoming The Fantastic Four, a reboot of that franchise, also told EW about how Apocalypse finishes out the First Class story arc.
“This movie is the completion of the first arcs of Charles, Eric, Raven, and Hank, who are essentially our main characters,” he explains. “They’re such young actors and young characters, so there’s a lot more story to tell. But as a first phase of their lives, there is this feeling of closure by the end of the movie.”
Earlier this month, Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones) was cast as a young Jean Grey; Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life, Mud) as Cyclops, and Alexandra Shipp (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel) as Storm, with Oscar Isaacstarring as the film’s villain.
Franchise stars Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Evan Peters are set to return for Apocalypse.