Elle Fanning & More Up for Jean Grey Role in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'
It's time for the X-Men: Apocalypse cast to start locking down new talent for some new roles who will join returning cast members like Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and hopefully (presumably) Hugh Jackman. We've heard some new mutants would enter the mix, and that they would likely be young versions of the X-Men we had already seen in the original X-Men franchise. Now that has been confirmed as The Wrap reports Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz and Hailee Steinfeld are all on the shortlist to play the telekinetic mutant Jean Grey, mentored by Professor X. But there's even more!
In addition, Bryan Singer is also on the hunt for someone to play a young Cyclops, the optic blasting mutant who ends up falling in love with Jean Grey. The names in consideration for that role are a little lesser known than those in the running for Jean Grey with Ben Hardy ("Red Band Society"), Charlie Rowe ("EastEnders") and Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar) on the list. However, for both of these roles, these aren't the only names in consideration, so someone else could just as easily end up in the role. However, it has been noted that Moretz and Fanning have already met with Singer for the role.
What's great about X-Men: Apocalypse is that it's essentially a new timeline, so we don't have to see characters like Jean Grey and Cyclops adhere to how they were depicted in the first trio of X-Men films. All three of the actresses in consideration for Jean Grey aren't surprising, and in some ways, feel a little uninspired. But they're three of the top young actresses working today, and at least we know that any of them could turn in a great performance. As for Cyclops, this could turn out to be a big breakthrough role for any of those actors named. Prepare to hear more on the casting of this film as production looms nearer, especially since there's no word on who could play a young Storm. Thoughts?