Earlier in September, producer Simon Kinberg revealed that the film will recast some of Marvel’s iconic superheroes including Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey. The casting for the new Jean Grey and Cyclops is inevitable as the story is set in the 80s, a decade after “X-Men: Days of Future Past“.
As the timeline was altered in the previous film, the X-Men will battle a new powerful villain, Apocalypse in “X-Men: Apocalypse”. Michael Fassbender, Jame McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult will reprise their respective roles in the film and it was reported Magneto’s romance with Mystique will become one of the highlights of “X-Men Apocalypse”.
Back in 2000, Jean Grey was portrayed by Famke Janssen and the younger version of Jean Grey was portrayed by Haley Ramm. Cyclops aka Scott Summers has been portrayed by James Marsden in 4 “X-Men” films and by Tim Pocock in “X-Men: Origins: Wolverine.” However, The Wrap was told by multiple sources that the director has already shortlisted 3 actors and 3 actresses to portray the younger version of Cyclops and Jean Grey.
The Wrap reported that Elle Fanning, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Hailee Steinfeld have been shortlisted by Singer. However, an insider said that none of the actresses mentioned above have been made an offer yet but has confirmed that Moretz and Fanning already met up with Singer in recent weeks to talk about the role. A representative for Moretz did not respond to the requests for comment and it is unclear if Fanning is interested in the role.
The official test offers for Jean Grey’s role have not made for Hailee Steinfeld as well but the young actress is currently co-starring in Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Homesman” and Universal’s “Term Life” and “Pitch Perfect 2“. She recently earned an Oscar nomination for her supporting turn in”True Girl”.
As for Cyclops, Singer has shortlisted various newcomers to play Jean Grey’s love interest instead.
Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe, and Timothee Chalamet are among the actors that are under consideration for the role. Ben Hardy just made his TV debut this year via his role as Peter Beale on “EastEnders” and has not appeared in any major films yet. Charlie Rowe is best known for his role as Leo Roth in Fox’s new drama series “Red Band Society” and has already made his feature film debut through 2007’s “The Golden Compass”. He is also the young Andrew Garfield in “Never Let Me Go”.
As for Timothee Chalamet, the actor began his acting career in 2008 and made his TV debut through “Royal Pains”. He is best known for his role in Showtime’s “Homeland” and has recently appeared in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” as Matthew McConaughey‘s son.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” is scheduled to start production in Spring next year and is slated for release on May 27, 2016.
No further details were provided about the plot but what do you think of the report? Think someone else could play the young Jean Grey and Cyclops in the upcoming “X-Men” film instead? Share your dream casting with us in the comments box below!