Howdy ladies and gents, so some big casting news for X-Men: Apocalypse broke yesterday (early this morning for us UK people) and I feel like I need to talk about it. The following information comes from ComicBookMovie:
For the past few months, several names have been thrown in the mix for the roles of Ororo Munroe aka Storm, Jean Grey, and Scott Summers aka Cyclops, as the younger iterations of the mutants will be appearing in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse. While those shortlists have shortened this past month, the director has just taken to his Twitter account to announce that actors Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Sophie Turner (Jean), and Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) have officially joined the ensemble cast. Shipp is probably best known for portraying the late songstress Aaliyah in a Lifetime biopic, while English actress Sophie Turner is known for her role on HBO’s Game of Thrones, and the relatively unknown Tye Sheridan has been praised for his role in 2012’s Mud. Anyhow, the trio join a mutant roster made up of Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Oscar Isaac, while X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 27, 2016.
So what do I think of this news? I’m totally down with it, I like these choices a lot. Like with X-Men: First Class, the cast are young and mainly unknown, though there are exceptions to the rule here. Firstly let me talk about the person I’m most excited about and that’s Sophie Turner as Jean Grey. Turner is great as Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones and for her to land a role like this, I’m so happy for her and it’ll definitely get her some more publicity. The girl can act and I wonder how she’ll transition into the more action-based material. Then there’s Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, while I’ve only seen him in Mud, I thought he was very good and I hear a lot of good things about him The Tree of Life and Joe. I hope he’ll brink a bit more attitude and badassery to the character that’s been lacking so far. The only person who I don’t know about is Alexandra Shipp who will be playing Storm. I’ve not seen her in any of the films or TV shows she’s been in. All I know is that she played Aaliyah in Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B last year, but other than that she’s pretty much unknown to me. I can say that she’s pretty though. All I really want from these younger versions of Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops is more screen time, better action sequences and character traits more in line with the comic books.
So what do you think of this casting? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below.