'X-Men' Casts 'Game of Thrones' Star as a Young Jean Grey

by Ashley Crossan 3:23 PM PST, January 23, 2015
Playing 'X-Men' Casts 'Game of Thrones' Star as a Young Jean Grey

Sansa Stark is joining the mutant world in the new X-Men sequel!

Director Bryan Singer tweeted the good news Thursday that Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, and Tye Sheridan will become the newest crop of young mutants in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Turner is best known for her role as Sansa Stark in the HBO hit series Game of Thrones. While she’ll still be able to keep that red hair we’ve grown so fond of, next year she'll transform into a young Jean Gray. Adult Grey is portrayed by Famke Janssen.

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Shipp is filling Halle Berry's shoes as a young Storm. You might recognize Shipp from her recent portrayal of Aaliyah in the Lifetime biopic Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.

Sheridan will star as a young Cyclops, the adult role is coveted by James Marsden. Sheridan is known for his roles in The Tree of Life, and a starring role alongside Matthew McConaughey in Mud.

Other casting includes Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Oscar Isaac in the title role of Apocalypse – but rumors yet to be confirmed include Hugh Jackman back as Wolverine, and Channing Tatum as Gambit. We know Tatum is set to take on the role in his own spin-off film later next year, but we're crossing our fingers we can see him sooner!

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Returning castmembers include Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, and Michael Fassbender as Magneto. Unfortunately, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan will not reprise their roles.

Do you think Sansa Stark is the perfect Jean Grey? Are you ready for Channing Tatum as Gambit? Let us know in the comments below!

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