The search is over! We’ve been aware for a few months now that ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ director Bryan Singer was on the hunt for fresh actors to play younger versions of series favorites Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops. Singer himself has tweeted the casting results, with the production set to begin in the next couple of months. See the tweet below:
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) January 23, 2015
CYCLOPS: Replacing James Marsden as the leader of the team who can shoot crimson blasts out of his eyes is Tye Sheridan, an 18 year old actor best known for his role in Terrence Mallick’s ‘The Tree of Life,’ as well as his role starring opposite Matthew McConaughey in the indie film ‘Mud.’ The good news is that he seems to have the acting chops that will help him keep up with McAvoy and Fassbender, and he also kind of looks like a younger version of Marsden, which means that Singer is trying to keep up the continuity of the character. My guess is that the film will show Cyclops (Scott Summers) being recruited by Professor X, and show him quickly become the leader of the team we all remember him to be.
STORM: Replacing Oscar winner Halle Berry as the weather controlling Storm is a young actress named Alexandra Shipp, who of the three new cast members is the most “unknown,” despite her prominence on shows like ‘Days of Our Lives’ and ‘Ray Donovan.’ Her only big screen foray so far was in ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,’ which in a way makes choosing her an especially daring choice by Singer. Most likely the film will also show her being recruited, and she might even be a kind of wild-card in the film, being young enough that her crazy weather powers might not be fully under control.
JEAN GREY: Lastly, replacing Famke Janssen as the uber-powerful and much loved telekinetic Jean Grey is ‘Game of Thrones’ veteran Sophie Turner, who fans may only know at this point as Sansa Stark. And while she may be the most well known of the three new actors, her resume only includes ‘Game of Thrones,’ we’ve yet to see her play anything besides the bumbling, poor-decision making, reactive and ineffectual character of Sansa Stark. Which means she has her work cut out for her, as Jean has always been shown as powerful, and even without going all Phoenix, she has never really been a push-over. After being recruited by Professor X, I suspect that the film might touch on her Phoenix storyline (now that ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ is out of the continuity), and she might be another wild-card for the team to deal with, even while she and Cyclops begin their love story.
What do you think of the new actors? Will they be able to hold their own with Fassbender and McAvoy? Sound off in the comments below!