Next stage in the evo­lu­tion of the X-Men

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In the new Marvel movie, X-Men: Apoca­lypse, things look de­cid­edly bleak for our favourite mu­tants. The end is nigh as an an­cient, pow­er­ful mutant, Apoca­lypse (Os­car Isaac, in­set photo), rises and as­sem­bles his four horse­men, in­clud­ing arch en­emy of the X-Men Mag­neto, played by Michael Fass­ben­der. The new re­lease looks like it could be the fran­chise’s most vis­ually am­bi­tious project yet with su­per­pow­ered ac­tion left and right. Di­rec­tor Bryan Singer says: “This one is global de­struc­tion, god-like char­ac­ters… a much big­ger film. “But we never lose the heart and the char­ac­ters; we cling to those be­cause they are very im­por­tant. “But there will def­i­nitely be a lot more spec­ta­cle this time around.” James McAvoy reprises his role as the pow­er­ful telepath and teacher Pro­fes­sor X, leader of the X-Men. This time, his char­ac­ter goes a bit rad­i­cal. He says: “Xavier’s worst fears be­gin to sur­face and he has to ma­ture to the re­al­i­ties of a world in the hands of an evil mutant. In some ways he has to be­come more mil­i­tant and more like Mag­neto.” Based on the trail­ers, fans also will fi­nally know how the pro­fes­sor will lose his lus­cious locks. “When we fi­nally shaved it off we de­cided to FaceTime Pa­trick Ste­wart (who plays old Pro­fes­sor X in the other movies) so he could pass on the baldy ba­ton. We thought it was funny when he asked if he could have some of the hair, but it turns out the di­rec­tor bagged it up for him and he now has all my hair at home in a safe.” But the pro­duc­ers weren’t ini­tially pleased. McAvoy adds: “I shaved it months be­fore to see what it would look like and turned up on the shoot with about two month’s growth and they were like, ‘What have you done?’ and I had to have the first of 17-hour hair extensions ses­sions.”

In cin­e­mas to­mor­row.

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