Sansa Stark – or rather actress Sophie Turner – has been cast as Jean Grey in 2016's Days of Future Past follow-up, X-Men: Apocalypse.
Last night, director Bryan Singer confirmed on his Twitter account that “Game of Thrones” star will become Famke Janssen’s younger iteration much in the same way Jennifer Lawrence has taken over for Rebecca Romijn, James McAvoy for Patrick Stewart, and so on.
Joining Turner are The Tree of Life and Mud’s Tye Sheridan as young Cyclops/Scott Summers and newcomer Alexandra Shipp as young Storm.
Turner’s Sansa has never been the favourite Stark. “Game of Thrones” fans have gravitated toward her younger sister, Arya, in much greater numbers, but Sansa should not be counted out. Unlike her sister, who lives on the fringes with a tiny sword and a bowl cut, Sansa has started to embrace the political intrigues of Westeros – she’s now “playing the game” – and Turner’s portrayal of the character’s growth is admirable.
We’re incredibly excited about Turner’s addition to the roster of young X-Men, and it’s evident that Turner is as well:
OMG— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) January 23, 2015
What do you think about the casting decisions for Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm? The Twitter jury appears to be largely in favour of the superhero news:
Tye Sheridan as Cyclops. That's sort of beautiful. #XMenApocalypse— Matt Brown (@tederick) January 23, 2015
New casting for X-Men: Apocalypse seems good, esp. Sophie Turner as Jean Grey. Although the casting of Storm as American remains troubling.— David Neary (@DeusExCinema) January 23, 2015
Sophie Turner for all the roles.— Paolo Kagaoan (@paolocase) January 23, 2015