Saturday, May 24, 2014

Topic Of The Day: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Hello, Bloggers, for today's Topic Of The Day, I will discuss some potential ideas for the upcoming sequel to X-Men: Days Of Future Past: X-Men: Apocalypse. It doesn't come out until 2016, but I figured just for fun, I'd possibly throw in some possible ideas for new mutants and some casting decisions. Here we go:

So far, it has been announced that Channing Tatum will play Gambit. It has also been announced that there will be younger versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm. I'll start off with my casting choice for Storm. It is hands down Lupita Nyong'o. Even though Nyong'o is in her 30's and they might look for someone in her 20's, I would still say look no further than Lupita Nyong'o. It would be a great way to capitalize on her Oscar win for 12 Years A Slave, would reunite her with her 12 Years co-star Michael Fassbender, and she could easily bring the right grace and dignity to the character. Next, I'll go into Jean Grey. Now, I actually have three possible choices for Jean Grey. One is Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who some of you may know as Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Another is her Scott Pilgrim co-star Brie Larson, who played "Envy" Adams and since she is about 23, Larson would be an amazing contemporary with Jennifer Lawrence, who is the youngest female in the prequel franchise thus far. My third pick is Shailene Woodley, who would be given another shot at a comic book movie after getting cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, if she were to tackle the role in case Sony doesn't want to come calling again or if she isn't in a tangle with filming the Divergent series. Honestly, after she was cut from Spider-Man, I would love to see her tackle a comic book role she could really sink her teeth into. Now onto my casting pick for Cyclops. Now, Cyclops was honestly a tough one to pick just because I couldn't think of anybody, but I went with Garrett Hedlund. He has already tackled sci-fi with Tron: Legacy and after watching that film, I think he is a wonderful actor. He is also 29, so he isn't too old yet he isn't too young. So, those are my cast picks for the younger Scott, Jean, and Storm. I even heard that Nightcrawler will be thrown back into the mix. So, my cast pick for that character would be Sam Claflin, aka Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games. Nightcrawler would probably be a supporting character, but as evidenced by the blockbusters Claflin has appeared in where he was a supporting player, he still always manages to leave an impression and Nightcrawler would be just another fun character for Claflin to add to his list.

Now onto some other new mutants they could throw in. One of them is actually one that X-Men don't seem to take too seriously and that is Dazzler, who has the ability to convert different forms of sound into light. I feel that if this character was handled successfully, she could be translated to the silver screen well. I could see Brie Larson playing her as well as Dazzler is also a singer and Larson has an amazing singing voice. Now that I think about it, if Larson were to star in this, she would be reunited with her 21 Jump Street co-star Channing Tatum. Anyhow, another mutant that we haven't seen yet that could be thrown into the mix is Polaris, who is like Magneto but without a Y chromosome. Since Polaris' half-brother Quicksilver is already in the mix, it would be interesting to see a dynamic between those two and Magneto, who is Polaris' father. Plus, in the comics, Polaris was one of the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, and Apocalypse will be the main villain. There is also Angel, who was one of the original five X-Men. Angel plays an integral part of the Apocalypse story line and it would seem fitting to throw him into the mix. Finally, there is Psylocke, who is a very powerful psychic that has the ability to create a "psi-knife" on her right hand. Since Emma Frost might not be in the mix and Jean Grey is not fully developed in terms of her powers, it would seem fitting to throw a more powerful psychic that has actually fought Apocalypse before.

So, those are my ideas for who could play the mutants that have been announced for X-Men: Apocalypse and what new mutants could be thrown into the mix. If you feel differently or agree with my choices, then please feel free to write in the comments section. Thanks for reading!