Eastenders babe Ben Hardy scores X-Men: Apocalypse role?!

Ben Hardy could be turning his back on the bright lights of Albert Square for a leading role in the upcoming Marvel epic, X-Men: Apocalypse. While most soap stars are destined for flop singles and a minor part on The Bill, the actor, who plays resident hunk Peter Beale in the 30-year-old soap, is destined for Hollywood.

The heartthrob, who last week was ruled out as the killer of Lucy Beale in the show’s 30th anniversary live celebrations, is being lined up for a huge part in the Marvel series which already boasts a stellar cast of mutants. According, to The Wrap, the 23-year-old is “in talks” for an “important role that is being kept under wraps.

Last November the soap star was rumoured to be playing a young Cyclops in the film, until the role was later given to Tree of Life star Tye Sheridan. But with many of the younger team of X-men still be announced, the actor is believed to have begged himself another key role.

Bryan Singer, who almost had to walk away from the franchise following allegations of sexual assault, has been confirming cast additions on his Instagram page. If cast in the director’s latest epic, ben Hardy joins the likes of Game of Thrones star Sophie Hunter, who stars as a young Jean Grey, Alexandra Shipp, whose been cast as Storm, Tye Sheridan, who plays Cyclops and the latest addition Kodi-Smit McPhee who was confirmed to be joining the squad as Nightcrawler last week.

Ben Hardy “in talks” for X-Men: Apocalyse (BBC)  

They’ll be joining returning cast members James McAvoy, Michael Fassbenderr, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and fellow newbie Oscar Isaac, while Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman have also been rumoured to be reprising their roles as Magneto and Wolverine. Perhaps more excitingly, Channing Tatum may also make an appearance as Gambit ahead of his own stand alone movie expected for an October, 2016 release.

Apocalypse follows 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, which became the highest grossing picture in the franchise’s history so far taking $748 million from a $200 million worldwide and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.

X-Men: Apocalypse is currently expected to hit cinemas on May 27, 2016.