As revealed by director Bryan Singer, “X-Men: Apocalypse” has more in common with “Game of Thrones” than just actress Sophie Turner (who plays both X-Man Jean Grey and “Thrones'” Sansa Stark). Singer told Yahoo! Movies all about his “GoT” fandom during their visit to the film’s Montreal set, saying he’s a “huge” fan of the HBO series.
“There’s a crossover between ‘X-Men’ and ‘Game Of Thrones,'” explained Singer. “They’re both about a younger generation finding their powers, finding out who they are, and what their place in the world is. I like how the show’s about different groups of people moving towards a common goal. They don’t even know if that’s the right goal, who wants to sit on that uncomfortable throne? I don’t! Everyone in King’s Landing is miserable. But for some reason they want that power.”
Also on a quest for power? X-Men villain Apocalypse, who is played by Oscar Isaac in this year’s mutant movie. “He’s tricky for a couple of reasons,” said writer/producer Simon Kinberg to Yahoo! about the film’s main villain. “One is that he’s a bigger character, in terms of the stakes and visual scale, than anything we’ve seen before in these kinds of movies. To do that and not feel like we’re betraying the grounded and dramatic tone of these films is a hard balance to strike.”
Kinberg also noted that with such a major villain in play, “there’s a lot more destruction and loss in this film that we’ve had in the previous movies. We weren’t afraid to go to darker, heavier places than we’ve done in these films before.”
On the other end of the tonal spectrum is Nightcrawler, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee. This film, which is set over 30 years in the past, serves as Nightcrawler’s re-introduction to the X-Men film franchise — and Yahoo! found out how the teleporter makes his way to the X-Mansion.
“We discover Nightcrawler in East Berlin, where he has to queue to get a loaf of bread,” said Singer. “Through happenstance, merely because Raven needs him as a kind of taxi service because he can move really fast, he finds himself in America, in the X-Mansion, which to him is a paradise.”
Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac and more, “X-Men: Apocalypse” opens on May 19, 2016.