X-Men Apocalypse: Bryan Singer Confirms New Castings For Storm, Cyclops …

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ casts ‘Game of Thrones’ actress as Jean Grey, plus a new Cyclops and Storm.

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.Oscar Issac was previously cast as the titular villain in the comicbook movie. “X-Men” veterans Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassebender will return for the next installment.Looks like Alexandra Shipp is slated to take the reigns as storm in the latest installment of the X-Men film series, X-Men: Apocalypse, due in theatres May 27, 2016. 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.

Singer originally announced “X-Men: Apocalypse” on Twitter near the end of 2013; the movie will feature the mutants facing off against the popular titular villain of the 1990s storyline “Age of Apocalypse.” “It’s another one of the great ‘X-Men’ story lines, which is cool,” franchise writer-producer Simon Kinberg said in an interview with Hero Complex while promoting the release of last year’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which featured an end-credits cameo by Apocalypse, also known as En Sabah Nur. “Not all superhero movies, comic book movies, will follow story lines from the books, and one of the things we’ve been doing with the ‘X-Men’ movies recently is taking books as inspiration and following those stories,” he said. “One of the challenges of following up ‘Days of Future Past’ is that the movie is so big in scale and scope and stakes, how do you tell the next one that doesn’t feel like a step backward? X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer announced the casting earlier today via his Twitter account, calling the line-up “our brilliant and young mutants.” 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.

Apocalypse will also feature a younger version of Cyclops—not to be confused with the younger version of Cyclops that appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a movie that was wiped from existence after the events of Future Past. 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. 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.

Apocalypse is supposedly set in the ’80s and is even-more-supposedly a concluding chapter for the First Class X-Men, though it’s also rumored to feature Channing Tatum as Gambit and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and maybe Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool.

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