IAR EXCLUSIVE: Evan Peters Talks 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:16 Written by  iamrogue
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IAR EXCLUSIVE: Evan Peters Talks 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Director Bryan Singer has been sharing behind the scenes pictures and major casting news via Instagram and Twitter, so clearly pre-production on next year's X-Men: Apocalypse is going full speed ahead.

The actor playing everybody's favorite X-Men: Days of Future Past mutant has yet to see a script, however.  Evan Peters, who is expected to return as Quicksilver in X-Men: Apocalypse, stayed tight-lipped while discussing the sequel exclusively with IAR, but he did clarify that the screenplay is still a mystery to him.

Though his appearance was relatively brief, Quicksilver was a highlight of Singer's return to the franchise last summer.  He was such a hit, in fact, that before Days of Future Past even hit theaters, returning Apocalypse producer and co-writer Simon Kinberg confirmed Quicksilver "would absolutely be back for the next X-Men movie."

IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick sat down for an exclusive interview with Peters to discuss Relativity Media's upcoming horror-thriller The Lazarus Effect, and we'll run that entire interview next week.  During the course of their conversation, Philbrick inquired about X-Men: Apocalypse, asking if Peters is officially on board the sequel.

"I think so, yes. I assume it as well, but I don’t know what I’m supposed to say and not supposed to say," the actor answered, adding, "I haven’t seen a script."

Asked if his schedule has been worked out and when production begins, Peters answered, "No. We’ll see. I think...I don’t know what I can say and what I can’t say. All I can say is that I have not seen a script yet."

Principal photography on X-Men: Apocalypse begins this April in Montreal.  The sequel picks up a decade after the last installment, shifting the principal setting to 1983.  Since Professor Xavier kicked his spinal-injury-juice habit and accepted his role as an educator in X-Men: Days of Future Past, most fans have assumed that the next entry will find Quicksilver acting as part of a full X-Men team at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.

Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan, and now Kodi Smit-McPhee are all new additions to the cast, playing younger versions of Jean Grey, Storm, Cyclops, and Nightcrawler, respectively.  They join returning players Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, and, presumably, Peters.  Oscar Isaac, meanwhile, is set to play Apocalypse, the villain who may very well be the oldest, most powerful mutant on Earth.

X-Men: Apocalypse is set to open in theaters May 27, 2016.

If you can't wait that long to see Quicksilver in action again, then you can see an entirely different Quicksilver zipping across the screen this summer in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  The version played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in that sequel is a separate take on the same Marvel Comics character, a take that isn't a mutant for legal reasons.

Check back to IAR next week for our full interview with Evan Peters regarding The Lazarus Effect, a unique thriller in which he stars alongside Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Donald Glover, and Sarah Bolger.

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