‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ adds ‘Game of Thrones’ star, casts Jean Grey, Cyclops and …

23 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

X-Men: Apocalypse has found its Storm, Cyclops and Jean Grey.

The 18-year-old actress plays Sansa Stark in the HBO fantasy series, and will now turn her hand to the role of telepathic mutant Jean Grey in Bryan Singer’s Days of Future Past follow-up.For the last couple of weeks, comic book movie fans have been engrossed with the latest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer and counting down the days until the movie’s May 1 premiere date.Turner will play Jean Gray, a role originated on screen by Famke Janssen in Singer’s 2000 “X-Men”; Alexandra Shipp has been cast as Storm, originally played by Halle Berry, while Tye Sheridan will play Cyclops, a role that first went to James Marsden.

However, on Thursday, there was some blockbuster news from a different corner from the Marvel that, for at least a little bit, got us talking about a different Marvel franchise — one that Marvel doesn’t even own the film rights to. Shipp’s credits include “Drumline: A New Beat,” and she starred for television in “Aailyah: The Princess of R&B”; she also has a role in the upcoming NWA movie, “Straight Outta Compton.” Sheridan has appeared in such features as “Mud” and “The Tree of Life.” Oscar Isaac will star as the powerful villain in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the next installment in the long-running Fox franchise based on the Marvel Comics series. The three new cast members join Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and Oscar Isaac on the third rebooted X-Men instalment. Director Bryan Singer announced that Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, and Sophie Turner will be playing the iconic X-Men we know as Cyclops (Sheridan), Jean Grey (Turner), and Storm (Shipp): The most recognizable name on that list is Turner who has, for the last four years or so, been playing Sansa Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones.

The ‘Apocalypse’ story, even for people that don’t know the comics, just from the title the stakes are pretty clear.” With a worldwide box-office gross to date of more than $746 million, “Days of Future Past” is a tough act to follow. The film, Singer’s first “X-Men” film as director since 2003’s “X2,” adapted and expanded the acclaimed “X-Men” comics by Chris Claremont and John Byrne from the early ’80s, telling a sci-fi-inflected time-travel tale that jumped between a dystopian future ruled by robots called Sentinels and 1973, when select mutants set out to try to prevent the rise of the Sentinels. The movie united the casts of the original “X” trilogy — including Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier and Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto — and the younger actors who played earlier incarnations of the characters in Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class,” including James McAvoy as Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto and Jennifer Lawrence as the alluring blue shape-shifter Raven/Mystique. The film enjoyed largely positive reviews, but Singer withdrew from promotional efforts after a scandal erupted in the wake of a teen-sexual-abuse lawsuit filed against him.

What’s clear from the casting is that Storm, Jean, and Cyclops are going to be younger than what we’re used to seeing in both the comics (All-New X-Men the exception) and the movies. The studio is making a commitment to other comic-book properties too — on the release schedule are two “Fantastic Four” movies and another stand-alone film for “Wolverine,” in addition to a solo “Deadpool” movie and a “Gambit” film starring Channing Tatum. “Visually it takes us into some places we’ve never explored in the ‘X-Men’ movies,” Kinberg told Hero Complex. “I love when other superhero or comic book movies have yet another genre [within the genre] — like ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ being like a political thriller and ‘Days of Future Past’ being a science-fiction time-travel movie, those are subgenres. With ‘Apocalypse’ we’re really doing a global-disaster movie, Roland Emmerich-style.” “I can’t reveal much, but there’s a big change for her this season and there’s a few familiar faces around,” Turner said in an interview with Hero Complex last year.

Click through the image gallery above for a more detailed look at Turner’s recent run on “Game of Thrones,” and leave your thoughts on the “X-Men” casting below.

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