Updated 07:19 AM EST, Thu, Dec 02, 2021

'X-Men Apocalypse' Movie Cast News & Rumors: Chloe Moretz Out; Sophie Turner to Star as Jean Grey?

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A recent report from Latino Review is claiming that a new batch of young stars is in line to portray the roles of Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm in the 2016 movie "X-Men: Apocalypse." One name that stood out is "Game of Thrones" actress Sophie Turner, who, according to the news outlet, is currently being tested to play Jean Grey.

Last year, Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning, and Hailee Steinfeld were the ones being considered for the role of the telepathic superhero. The Wrap reports that Bryan Singer - the director behind the "X-Men" movies - has had meetings with the young actresses. But now, it looks like the three are out of the picture.

Aside from Turner, who stars as Sansa Stark on HBO's "Game of Thrones," another actress being considered for the role of Jean Grey is Saoirse Ronan, Latino Review reports. The news outlet points out that Ronan has an advantage over Turner when it comes to doing action films. The former starred in 2011's action thriller movie "Hanna."

On the other hand, the actors being eyed to play the young version of Cyclops and Jean Grey's love interest are Taron Edgerton ("Kingsman"), Jamie Blackley ("If I Stay"), and Tye Sheridan ("Mud"). For young Storm, the candidates are Alexandra Shipp ("Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B") and Zendaya Coleman of "Shake It Up," "Zapped," and "K.C Undercover."

Cyclops and Jean Grey have both existed in the popular comic series since its debut in the 1960s, and are "often considered the emotional center of the 'X-Men' universe." Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe, and "Interstellar" actor, Timothee Chalamet, were among the actors previously rumored to portray Cyclops, The Wrap notes.

Famke Janssen, who portrayed Jean Grey in five "X-Men" films, spoke to MTV about her thoughts on the young actresses being considered for the role.

"It is a little bitter sweet, but I've seen what they've done with the younger and older Magneto and Professor X...I think I'm in good company," the actress said, during the interview with MTV.

"X-Men: Apocalypse" is rumored to be set in the 1980s, hence the reason why Singer is casting younger versions of the roles, iDigitalTimes notes. Producer Simon Kinberg has stated that the upcoming installment will take the hit movie franchise in a new direction. Furthermore, the film "will highlight Magneto's romance with Mystique, putting stars Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence front and center, which is right where Fox -- and audiences -- want them," according to The Wrap.

Latino Review reports that filming for "X-Men: Apocalypse" will start in April, with a target release date on May 27, 2016.

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