'X-Men: Apocalypse' Casts New Actors for Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm

'X-Men: Apocalypse' Casts New Actors for Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm

Jan 23, 2015

Alexandra Shipp / Sophie Turner /Tye Sheridan

Late last week, Patrick Stewart appeared on Larry King's TV show and stated plainly that he and Ian McKellen would not be appearing in X-Men: Apocalypse because the movie "is going to be looking very much at the earlier lives of all our characters. And so I don’t think we’ll be making an appearance."

This isn't terribly surprising, since the younger incarnations of their characters, as played by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, respectively, were much more the stars of  X-Men: Days of Future Past. And we already heard that a couple of other characters would return, recast with younger actors since the movie predominantly takes places in the 1980s. For the younger Jean Grey, previously played by Famke Janssen, Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld and Elle Fanning were touted, while Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe and Timothee Chalamet were under consideration to play Cyclops, a role made famous by James Marsden.

Now director Bryan Singer has announced his choices for those new young mutants, plus one more.

 

 

(Note: they're lined up left to right, in that order, in the photo collage above.)

So that means Alexandra Shipp will play Storm -- previously played by Halle Berry -- while Sophie Turner nabbed Jean Grey, and Tye Sheridan (Mud) will put on a visor and play Cyclops. Shipp has worked steadily in television recently and has a key role in this summer's Straight Outta Compton, Turner has made a lot of fans thanks to her embodiment of tempestuous young Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones, and Sheridan is certainly a rising young star, as we noted when he was cast in a lead role in the psychological thriller Detour a couple of days ago.

Of course, we're not certain at this point how big their roles will be, but casting such a talented trio of young actors definitely bodes well for the future of the franchise. And everyone will be able to see the results in a little more than a year: X-Men: Apocalypse will arrive in theaters on May 27, 2016.

 

 

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