Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan & More Suit Up for 'X-Men: Apocalypse'
by Ethan Anderton
January 22, 2015
After scouring Hollywood for young talent, director Bryan Singer has finally found the stars who will play the younger versions of the familiar mutants Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse, the next installment of the comic book franchise. Singer took to Twitter to make his casting announcement, revealing that "Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner will play Jean Grey, Mud star Tye Sheridan is Cyclops and Drumline: A New Beat star Alexandra Shipp has landed the role of Storm. We're getting a little bit closer to the original X-Men line-up from back in 2000, but these are still very young versions.
Here's the casting update from Bryan Singer himself on Twitter:
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) January 23, 2015
And here's Sophie Turner's adorable reaction on Twitter as well:
— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) January 23, 2015
Sheridan beat out some other impressive talent like Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Jamie Blackley (If I Stay) while Turner was up against the likes of Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Elle Fanning (Super 8). Meanwhile, it seems like the role of Storm was always going to be handed off to someone a little less known because the other prime contender was a Disney Channel star named Zendaya Coleman. Anyway, they all join the other new cast member, Oscar Isaac, who is playing the film's title villain. And that's it for the new cast members so far.
There have been rumblings that Channing Tatum will pop up as Gambit in order to set up the forthcoming solo film following the kinetically charged mutant, but that has yet to be confirmed. After all, there's already a big cast of mutants here with the X-Men: First Class cast back in the lead, including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult. Hugh Jackman is also supposed to stick around since he joined the X-Men earlier than in the original trilogy timeline, and Evan Peters is supposed to come back as Quicksilver, a fan favorite from X-Men: Days of Future Past. There's surely more information on the horizon so stay tuned. X-Men: Apocalypse arrives on May 27th, 2016.