Rumors have been circulating for a while now regarding the possibility of X-Men: Apocalypse introducing new versions of classic X-Men characters Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm. Those reports were confirmed this week when director Bryan Singer announced the trio of young actors attached to each of those iconic roles.
Game Of Thrones actress Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the hit HBO series, is probably the best-known actor among the bunch. The 18-year-old actress will take on the role of Jean Grey previously played by Famke Janssen in the original trilogy and multiple spinoffs, as well as the recent X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
Alexandra Shipp, who starred in the recent biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, will play a young version of Ororo Munroe, the mutant known as Storm. The role was previously played by Halle Berry in the original trilogy and Days Of Future Past.
Taking on the role of Scott Summers, the mutant known as Cyclops, will be Tye Sheridan. Best known for his work in 2011’s The Tree of Life and the 2012 film Mud, Sheridan will be the third actor to play the team’s eventual field leader after James Marsden played him in the original trilogy and Days of Future Past, and Tim Pocock played a teenage version of Cyclops in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Singer made the casting announcement via Twitter, calling the group “our new and brilliant young mutants.”
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) January 23, 2015
Described by the film’s creative team as a conclusion to the trilogy that began with X-Men: First Class in 2011, X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to hit theaters May 27, 2016.