X-Men writer Simon Kinberg has confirmed to EW that Rose Byrne will return to the X-Men franchise, and will reprise her role of Moira Mac Taggert for X-Men: Apocalypse.
Byrne first appeared in the X-Men series in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, and she played the love interest of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) while also playing a pretty important role in the film as a whole. Byrne showed promise with the character, but having her memory wiped by Xavier naturally lead to fans believing that was the end of her character.
Kinberg has now revealed that her character will return.
X-Men: First Class was set in the 60’s, while it has been said on many occasion that Apocalypse will be set in the 80’s, so it makes sense that Taggert can return.
Kinberg told EW:
“She’s a significant character in the movie. We ended First Class with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. They are, essentially, strangers to her when she meets them… It’s certainly a rich relationship that we started to dig into in First Class, and would like to mine more in this one.”
Kinberg also revealed that Apocalypse will give closure to some of the mutants from First Class:
“This movie is the completion of the first arcs of Charles, Eric, Raven, and Hank, who are essentially our main characters,” he said. “They’re such young actors and young characters, so there’s a lot more story to tell. But as a first phase of their lives, there is this feeling of closure by the end of the movie.”
Bryan Singer is directing X-Men: Apocalypse.
Singer has described the upcoming X-Men film, which is expected to feature all cast members including Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy, as the most destructive movie in the franchise.
“‘Apocalypse’ will have more of the mass destruction that ‘X-Men’ films, to date, have not relied upon,” he recently said. “There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle.”
Singer also said that “Apocalypse,” set in the 1980s, will feature younger versions of familiar characters.
“I call these movies in-between-quels. It’s a mind-f**k sometimes in terms of where things fall in the timeline.”
Fox will release the film on May 27, 2016.
Here’s how Marvel.com describe the Apocalypse story:
In the harsh, unforgiving desert of ancient Egypt, ruled by Rama-Tut, a band of nomadic raiders found an infant, gray-skinned and freakish in appearance, abandoned by the settlers of Akkaba. The nomads took the child for their own, giving him the name En Sabah Nur, “The First One,” and teaching him to be “strong” in order to survive the desert as a child.
In recent years, Apocalypse was somehow awakened by the arrival of Cyclops’ son from the future, Cable. Apocalypse made another move against Cyclops and his team, X-Factor, by pitting them against a team of his own creation, the Alliance of Evil. Although he never used his Alliance again, Apocalypse soon formed the Horsemen of Apocalypse to plague humankind, when his ideas to “cull” humanity in order for the rise of mutant supremacy were beginning.