The next few months are probably the best time for us to geek out over the casting news of the unreleased superheroes films, which include Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse“, Warner Bros‘ “Shazam“, Marvel‘s “Captain Marvel” and so on.
While we patiently await for major studios to announce casting news, another casting rumour for the upcoming “X-Men” film has emerged, revealing that a few more actors and actresses have been shortlisted to play the young Phoenix, Cyclop, and Storm.
Latino Review is reporting that Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp and Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman have been shortlisted to play a young Ororo Munroe (a.k.a. Storm), a role that was played by Halle Berry in the previous “X-Men” films. Shipp had recently replaced Zendaya for the lead role of Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” but they are now in contention to play the African-American superhero.
To add fuel to the speculation, Latino Review is also reporting that several new names have been added to the rumoured list of actresses to play Jean Grey a.k.a Phoenix and Scott Summers a.k.a. Cyclops.
Having shot to fame through HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones“, Sophie Turner is one of the new names to play a young Jean Grey in “X-Men: Apocalypse”. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” actress Saoirse Ronan is also said to be at the stage of testing the role.
Back in 2000, Jean Grey was portrayed by Famke Janssen and the younger version of Jean Grey was portrayed by Haley Ramm. It was last reported that Elle Fanning (of “Maleficent” fame), Hailee Steinfeld (of “True Grit” fame), and Chloe Grace Moretz (of “Kick-Ass” fame) have been offered to play the role. However, TheWrap’s reporter Jeff Sneider tweeted on 10th Jan that Moretz had to decline the role due to scheduling conflicts.
Chloe Moretz was offered Jean Grey but had to turn down the role due to scheduling. #XMenApocalypse
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) January 9, 2015
As for the young Cyclops, the actors who have joined the rumoured list are Taron Edgerton, Jamie Blackley, and Tye Sheridan. The actors are at the stage of testing the role that was previously portrayed by James Marsden in 4 “X-Men” films and by Tim Pocock in “X-Men: Origins: Wolverine.”
Welsh actor Taron Edgerton was most recently seen in “Kingsman: The Secret Service” while Jamie Blackley had prominent film roles in “Uwantme2killhim?”, “The Fifth Estate”, and “If I Stay.” However, according to Sneider, Tye Sheridan who was best known for his role in “Mud” and “Joe”, is “the current frontrunner for the part”.
So far, it had been confirmed that James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult will return to reprise their respective “X-Men: Days of Future Past” roles. Oscar Isaac has joined cast to play the titular villain as Apocalypse, who is widely believed to be the first mutant and the oldest mutant in the X-Men Universe.
Directed by Bryan Singer based on a screenplay writtenby Simon Kinberg, Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris, “X-Men: Apocalypse” will begin filming in Montreal in April this year before its release on 27th May 2016.