Who's in and who's out?
Last year's mutant-fest X-Men: Days of Future Past united the modern X-Men with the mutants of First Class. For the next film, X-Men: Apocalypse, director Bryan Singer is keeping the story in the 1980s era. So, by its nature, the modern cast — Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, etc. — can't be included (with the possible exclusion of Wolverine, who doesn't really age — but we'll come back to that). That also includes all of the future mutants introduced in Future Past, such as Bishop, Warpath and Blink, who are out as well, since most of them weren't even born yet in the 80s.
Let's run down the known roster for X-Men: Apocalypse.
Played by: James McAvoy
Having emerged from his dark night of the soul, Charles Xavier appears ready at last to lead his mutant X-Men.
Played by: Michael Fassbender
Xavier's frenemy will no doubt have his own agenda in Apocalypse, but it's not known what that will be. Perhaps he'll attempt to team up with the title character?
Played by: Jennifer Lawrence
Lawrence became an AAA movie star between First Class and Days of Future Past, so expect the larger role she got in the last one to be repeated.
Played by: Oscar Isaac
The powerful mutant also known as En Sabah Nur was glimpsed at the end of Days of Future Past, assembling the pyramids of Egypt. The movie's villain might even be the first mutant ever born. We can't wait to see Isaac's gray and blue look.
Played by: Nicholas Hoult
The brainy brawler is back, but is he ready to settle into his blue fur, or will he go back and forth as he did in Future Past?
Played by: Evan Peters
Peters' charismatic teenager stole the show in Future Past, so he's definitely back. The only question we have is: Will he learn who his father is?
Played by: Tye Sheridan
You can expect Apocalypse to ignore young Cyclops' cameo in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and introduce a new origin story for the well-known X-Man, shown here in his formative years.
Played by: Sophie Turner
One of the buzziest casting announcements was when Turner, best known as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, was announced as a young version of telepath Jean Grey. It should be fun to see her take on a more powerful role than her frequently-victimized Thrones character.
Played by: Alexandra Shipp
Another modern-gen character is introduced as a youngster.
Played by: Kodi Smit-McPhee
X-Men 2's teleporting scene-stealer "debuts" here as a teen.
A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Apr 13, 2015 at 1:04pm PDT
Played by: Olivia Munn
Another fan-favorite from the comics, Psylocke might be the only never-before-seen mutant to debut in Apocalypse. Psylocke is a telepathic/telekinetic hero who creates "psychic knives" that she can throw at her enemies.
A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Apr 17, 2015 at 1:57pm PDT
Played by: Lucas Till
Cyclops' big brother returns for his third go 'round with the First Class crew. Hopefully, he'll get a bigger part than he did in Future Past.
A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Apr 9, 2015 at 11:02am PDT
Played by: Ben Hardy Angel got a bit part in the abysmal X-Men: The Last Stand, but he's certain to get a more pivotal part in Apocalypse. X-fans remember his unforgettable story arc from the massive 1995 Age of Apocalypse crossover when he became one of Apocalypse's four horsemen, took on metal wings and changed his name to Archangel. Based on concept art posted to Instagram by Bryan Singer, that's exactly what's planned for the movie.
I'd officially like to welcome our newest mutant #JubilationLee, #Jubilee @LanaCondor to #XMEN #Apocalypse A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Mar 25, 2015 at 11:57am PDT
Played by: Lana Condor
Her power is to produce "fireworks"-like lights that she weaponizes against enemies. It's been suggested in the comics that her powers could be a great deal more powerful if she unleashed their full potential.
Played by: Hugh Jackman
Jackman has been teasing his inclusion in X-Men: Apocalypse for months, but it has yet to be announced whether or not he's formally signed on. His character's non-aging ability means it would be easy to integrate him into the action. It's worth noting that in Age of Apocalypse, Logan had only one hand — the other had been severed.
Played by: Channing Tatum
Fox is planning a movie about Gambit, starring Tatum in the title role, so if he were to appear in Apocalypse, it would probably be a cameo tease for his solo flick. Singer has said on-the-record that he has considered including Gambit.
She's not a mutant, but Rose Byrne has also signed on to return as Xavier's love interest, Moira MacTaggert. Byrne sat out Days of Future Past after having a starring role in First Class. There could be other mutants in the movie as well that have yet to be announced (like Cable, perhaps?).
X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to release on May 27, 2016.