“[The movie] won’t necessarily create an alternate universe [as in the comics], but there may be some swapping things that I’m playing with,” Singer told Entertainment Weekly.
Screenwriter Simon Kinberg added: “From a visual standpoint it actually may be a bigger movie than Days of Future Past because there’ll be disaster-movie imagery, like the title would imply.”
Singer said Apocalypse will be set in the 1980s, and the cast will include James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique and Nicholas Hoult as Beast. Singer is also considering bringing in revamped versions of previously seen mutants like Gambit (who was played by John Carter’s Taylor Kitsch) and Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming, of THE GOOD WIFE).
And, while Days of Future Past will lead into Apocalypse, there will be no cliff-hanger ending:
“You won’t feel at the end of the movie that it sets up Apocalypse. What it does is, it sets up possibilities. What we’ll discover in Apocalypse is that events in this movie made that happen. Apocalypse deals with ancient mutants. What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You’re dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived, and what if that found its way into our world?”