There’s been some buzz that director Bryan Singer was eyeing a certain Game of Thrones actress for the role of Jean Grey in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past sequel tentatively titled X-Men: Age of Apocalypse. Tonight it was finally confirmed. Sansa Stark herself, actress Sophie Turner, will portray the mutant that would go on to become the legendary Phoenix in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming Marvel Comics adaptation.
Joining Turner is Tye Sheridan (Tree Of Life) as Scott Summers aka Cyclops and Nickelodeon child actor Alexandra Shipp as Storm. The young actors will be taking over for Famke Janssen, James Marsden and Halle Berry as the younger counterparts of their big-screen counterparts.
Age of Apocalypse will also star Oscar Isaac as titular villain who disrupts the timeline, initiates a war on mankind, commits genocide on the human race and selectively kills all mutants with psychic abilities. At his side are the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”, Death, Famine, Pestilence and War. In the comics, video games and animated series, Apocalypse brainwashes several of the X-Men to become these henchmen and take up his cause.
Details of the movie are still scarce but the entire “class” from X-Men: First Class is expected to return in addition to Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan will not return.
X-Men: Age of Apocalypse is slated for May 17th, 2016.