It has been some time since Jean Grey has played a major role in the recent X-Men movies, with the latest seemingly only a cameo in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” where Wolverine himself time-traveled to the past to save the world. However, if you’re expecting Famke Jannsen to once again reprise her role as Phoenix, it’s going to be a tad different with “X-Men: Apocalypse” being set about 20 years before the events of the first X-Men film. Instead, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in HBO’s critically acclaimed series “Game of Thrones,” will take the role of Jean Grey for the upcoming X-Men film.
“The difference between this and Famke’s Jean Grey is she’s young and isolated and so insecure and very alienated – even from the other mutants – because she’s so powerful. So there’s a real vulnerability to her and it’s great to see how her and Scott [Tye Sheridan] find each other through that alienation. She’s a great role to play, she’s so much fun, and her arc in the movie is amazing,” said Turner in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
While Janssen’s Jean Grey is a seasoned X-Men who has spent years in training her mutant powers, Sophie Turner will play a character who’s still learning the ropes on being a mutant. Those who have watched the previous films will remember the rise and fall of Phoenix, as well as her destructive powers that ultimately led to her own death.
Turner had also expressed her interest in playing as a superhero in an interview two years ago with Entertainment Weekly. “I think it would be really cool to do like a Marvel project with superheroes, because that’s so far from what I’ve done so far,” she said. A few months after, she did land the role of Jean Grey for the upcoming X-Men film.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” will hit the cinemas on May 27, 2016. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender will both reprise their respective roles as Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr. Sophie Turner and Olivia Munn, meanwhile, are newcomers to the franchise, both having crucial roles in the film.