Writer Simon Kinberg promises X-Men: Apocalypse will forever change the X-Men universe
Writer Simon Kinberg has given an update on the plans for X-Men: Apocalypse and has promised that its ending will have huge consequences for the rest of the franchise, including planned spin-offs Gambit and Deadpool.
Speaking to IGN about the follow-up to X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Kinberg said: "Things that happen in one film are acknowledged in other movies. The aftermath of… Apocalypse is something that will alter the course of history, and much the same way that Days of Future Past did because the end of Days of Future Past was from the end of 1973 forward."
He went on: "The world knew about mutants. A mutant took a football stadium and dropped it on the White House. That's not the history that we were raised on. Instead of ignoring that, all of the movies that come after it in the timeline acknowledge it, embrace it and it becomes part of the continuity."
X-Men: Apocalypse will see Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Evan Peters and Nicholas Hoult return for to reprise their roles. Bryan Singer will return as director, working from a script by Kinberg, with a story from Singer, Kinberg, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris.
Oscar Isaac has been cast as the film's key villain, Apocalypse, who was first seen in the post-credit sequence for X-Men: Days of Future Past. The film will be released on May 19th 2016 in the UK and May 27th in the US.
A series of new stars will also be joining the cast. Game Of Thrones' Sophie Turner, who most people will know as Sansa Stark, will play Jean Grey, who was brought to life in the original trilogy by Famke Janssen.
Alexandra Shipp, who recently starred as Aaliyah in the Lifetime biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, will play the younger Storm, played originally by Halle Berry, and Tye Sheridan, who has starred in Mud and Tree Of Life, will portray a younger Cyclops, a character played originally by James Marsden. The likes of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tye Sheridan, Lana Condor, Olivia Munn, Rose Byrne and Ben Hardy are also confirmed to join the cast.