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“X-Men: Apocalypse” Writer Frames Film’s ’80s Setting with “Star Wars” Tease

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“X-Men: Apocalypse” Writer Frames Film’s ’80s Setting with “Star Wars” Tease

With principal photography now underway on “X-Men: Apocalypse,” new glimpses of the actors and locations from the 2016 mutant movie have emerged. Fans got their first look at Nightcrawler earlier this morning, and now a piece of the film’s set has been posted online via the film’s screenwriter and producer, Simon Kinberg.

The photo, embedded below, plays up the film’s ’80s setting by depicting a movie theater marquee advertising a screening of 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.” Aside from “Jedi” being easily the most iconic movie of 1983, it’s worth noting that this could be a playful wink from Fox — the movie studio that owns the X-Men’s movie rights — to Disney — the company that now owns both Star Wars and Marvel.

This photo depicts only part of a larger 1980s shopping mall set that has been constructed for the film, pictures of which have been uploaded to Imgur. In fact, a “Return of the Jedi” movie poster can be seen in one of the photos.

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Considering that Jubilee, a character portrayed in “Apocalypse” by Lana Condor, made her debut in both the comics and TV series as a mallrat, it looks like the ’80s set film might be pulling a lot from the source material.

“X-Men: Apocalypse” opens on May 27, 2016

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