Earlier this week, former East Enders star Ben Hardy was cast in X-Men: Apocalypse. Unfortunately for fans, who he’s playing wasn’t disclosed - so we have no idea whether he’s playing someone not yet seen in the X-Men films, or a younger version of a familiar character. All we know at this point is that he will appear alongside other young costars including Tye Sheridan as Cyclops (which Hardy was originally being considered for), Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Alexandra Shipp as Storm and Kodi-Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t make a few educated guesses about his character’s identity.

There are a few names that pop out more than others when taking into account the film’s titular villain and that James McAvoy’s Professor X has a brand new generation of students he’s teaching. X-Men: Apocalypse is being set up to be the biggest film yet in the X-Men cinematic universe, and while Ben Hardy may be playing a supporting role to most of the already announced players, it’s been said that he will have a rather crucial role to play - whether he be good, bad or ugly. With all of those elements in mind, here are the likeliest X-Men characters that Hardy is playing in X-Men: Apocalypse.

5. Longshot
5. Longshot
Longshot may be a minor character in the world of X-Men, but his ability is one of the more unusual ones: he is inherently lucky. By manipulating "probability fields," he’s able to draw good luck towards himself - but as a result, unlucky things can happen to others. He also is psychometric, which means that when he touches an object, he can psychically feel what others were feeling when they held the same object. To top it off, his biology is also quite unusual, like having three fingers on each hand and leather-like skin. He sounds like a good fit for the School of Gifted Youngsters.

It should be noted that Longshot is actually an artificially created life form in the comics, but he can easily be changed to just be a mutant in the movie. More importantly, his powers are unique and unlike anything we’ve seen to this point on the big screen. We’ve seen flying, metal claws, energy blasts telekinesis and several others types over and over again. Let’s bring the guy who can make his own luck.

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