‘OMG’: Game Of Thrones’ Sophie Turner Lands Jean Grey Role In X-Men Apocalypse
Director Bryan Singer just shared some very exciting news about X-Men: Apocalypse which is seet to start shooting later this year, revealing the three new actors who will be playing Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm in Apocalypse, via his Twitter page.
Singer, whose future as director was called into question when he was accused of sexual assault last year, claims which have now been dropped, looks like he’s concentrating on the next installment of the hugely successful franchise and following news Channing Tatum will probably be joining the cast as Gambit, we’ve got some other new faces in the mutan world.
The most recognisable name on the list, if you’re a Game Of Thrones fan at least, is Sophie Turner or Sansa Sark to those of you more familiar with her GoT on screen character. She replaces Famke Janssen, who played the telepathic mutant Jean Grey in all three of the original X-Men pictures as well as returning for a brief role in 2014’s X-Men Days of Future Past; the prequel to the prequel First Class. Reacting to the news on Twitter Sophie, 18, seemed pretty excited about joining the cast, writing: ‘OMG’ on Twitter after re-tweeting Singer’s initial announcement.
Sophie Turner will play Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocolypse (Daniel Deme/WENN)
She’ll be joined by Tye Sheridan who stars as a young Cyclops, not to be mistaken with the young Cyclops who appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The events of Wolverine ended up being completely wiped out as a result of last year’s of Future Past. So it’s a fresh start and a fresh Cyclops! Sheridan is best known for his roles in the Terrence Malick head-scratching arthouse picture Tree of Life and Joe where he starred along Nicholas Cage. Cyclops was originally played by James Marsden in X-Men’s one through to three but was killed off in 2006’s The Last Stand.
Turner seems pretty excited about joining the cast (Twitter/SophieTurner)
And finally Singer’s latest addition to the X-Men class of 2016 is Alexandra Shipp whose name may be familiar from last year’s Aaliyah biopic for Lifetime. The 23-year-old starred as the RnB icon in last year’s dire TV movie but will surely find her big break in next year’s Apocalypse where she’ll be taking over Hallee Berry’s role as a young Storm.
Meet our new and brilliant young mutants: @Alexshipppp as #Storm @SophieT as #JeanGrey and @TyeSheridan as #Cyclops. #XmenApocalypse
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) January 23, 2015
Already announced as a newbie to the franchise is Inside Llewellyn Davis actor Oscaar Isaac, who is currently filming the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. He’ll be starring as Apocalypse, who as you can probably guess has one thing on his mind. Basically he’s not a nice guy and will be the latest in a series of endless obstacles faced by Charles Xavier’s school of mutants.
James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence will all be reprising their roles as Xavier, Magneto and Mystique in Apocalypse, which is though to be the closing chapter in the First Class trilogy. There’s also rumours that we’ll get a first look at Channing Tatum’s Gambit and Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool who have both been given their own stand alone movies, although their appearence in Apocalypse is currently just speculation which we are otherwise more than happy to protest for.
With more announcements expected in the coming weeks all we can say for now is watch this space…
2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past 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.