With ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ taking place in the 80s and planning to introduce us to the young versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm we aren’t going to be seeing a return of the original actors. I mean as great as James Marsden (‘Superman Returns,’’X-Men 2’) as Cyclops, Famke Janssen (‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ ’Hemlock Grove’) as Jean Grey, and Halle Berry (‘Extant,’ ’Cloud Atlas’) as Storm were, the first ‘X-Men’ movie was released in 2000 and this is set to take place 20 years before that. We’re going to need some younger actors for this and a few names seem to be cropping up at the top of the potential list of who we’ll see end up going against Apocalypse.

So who is up for the slots? Well for Cyclops we have:

Taron Egerton (‘Kingsmen: The Secret Service,’ ’The Smoke’), Jamie Blackley (‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ ’If I Stay’), and Tye Sheridan (‘Mud,’ ’Scouts vs Zombies’).

For Jean Grey the leading contenders are:

Sophie Turner (‘Game of Thrones,’ ’Mary Shelley’s Monster’) and Saoirse Ronan (‘Hanna,’ ’The Host’).

Finally for Storm we have:

Alexandra Shipp (‘Occult,’ ’Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B’) and Zendaya Coleman (‘Shake It Up,’ ‘Zapped’).

This is an entirely new set of names than we’ve previously seen. Now one thing that hasn’t been discussed is if the series may look for even younger versions of our actors.

It should be noted that we are supposed to get an ‘X-Force’ movie at some point which will most likely give us Cable as the team’s leader. Cable is the son of Cyclops and Jean and in fact has traveled back in time. Generally he and Bishop (who was shown in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’) are quite aware of a future timeline where Apocalypse has taken over the world. Could these views from the future give us a reason to see Marsden, Janssen, and Berry return to reprise their roles? If so, I could imagine the studio would want to find actors that look similar to them for continuity issues.

Oh wait, the Fox X-Men franchise AND continuity? I suppose that doesn’t really matter after all now that I think about it.

Do you think these casting rumors would make for a good fit for our heroes? Should they be looking for actors who have strong visual similarities to the original actors? Share your thoughts below True Believers!

Source: Cinema Blend