With an album chock-full of hit singles, Taylor Swift seems pretty bent on dominating the music world, but it appears as though the 1989 musician may also be taking her talents to the big screen, and much sooner than expected. Last summer, X-Men: Apocalypse writer/producer Simon Kinberg shared an image from Montreal—where the film was shooting—that showed Swift chumming it up alongside Kinberg and Apocalypse stars James McAvoy, and Sophie Turner. No one was in costume and it appeared to be a simple friendly visit, but in writing up the photo, our own Dave Trumbore couldn’t help but cheekily speculate that Swift may or may not be joining the mutant franchise as the comics character Dazzler. But in actuality, it appears that Dave’s half-joking speculation may have been 100% on point.
With X-Men: Apocalypse’s release now less than a month away, we’ve been seeing a number of new marketing materials for the film pop up, but last night Turner—who plays the mutant Jean Grey—tweeted out a new image from the film that shows Grey and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) record shopping. Their record of choice? Dazzler, of course. But it’s Turner’s caption that strongly hints at Taylor Swift’s connection:
— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) April 29, 2016
Even zooming in, it’s kind of hard to tell if that is, in fact, Taylor Swift as Dazzler on the cover of the record, but given that we know for sure that Swift was hanging with the cast and crew during production, it’s not hard to imagine them putting together a quick photoshoot to capture Swift in costume as the comics character.
For those unaware, the character of Dazzler (aka Alison Blaire) is a mutant with the ability to convert sound vibrations into light and energy beams. But she also lives a double life as a pop artist, beginning her career as a disco dancer before eventually moving onto rock and adult contemporary stardom. So yeah, it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine Taylor Swift playing a famous rock star mutant in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Whether we’ll actually see Swift in action as Dazzler remains to be seen, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this Easter Egg is all the Dazzler we get. But still, even if that’s the extent of Swift’s involvement, it’s kind of a brilliant idea and a swell execution, and it also opens the door for Swift to appear in future X-Men films. Bravo, X-Men team.
X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters on May 27th. For more on the film, peruse our recent links below.
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