While it may not get as much attention as the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the DC Extended Universe, the X-Men franchise is constantly growing. With new films like Logan, Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse, and even shows like Legion, we are starting to see completely different parts of this ever-expanding cinematic universe.
As the number of awesome movies in the Fox franchise grows, so does their need for amazing acting talent. One particular pool of actors that FOX has dipped into is the Game of Thrones cast.
Game of Thrones has put a lot of talented people in the spotlight, including Emilia Clarke, Natalie Dormer, and Jason Momoa, who will be portraying Aquaman in Justice League later this year.
The X-Men franchise has featured four talented actors from Game of Thrones, with the fourth appearing in Logan. Here are all four Game of Thrones actors used in the X-Men Universe.
1. Sophie Turner
Sophie Turner, who plays the ever-expanding role of Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones, appeared as the new Jean Grey / Phoenix last year in X-Men: Apocalypse. The 21 year-old actress began her acting career 6 years ago in Game of Thrones, and has kept moving forward from there.
Turner expanded her range of fandom series by starring as Jean in X-Men: Apocalypse. Personally, I enjoyed her portrayal of Jean, but not everyone agrees. Regardless, Sophie Turner is thus far the only actor or actress confirmed to return in next year's X-Men: Supernova.
2. Ed Skrein
Skrein appeared for a few episodes in Season 3 of Game of Thrones as the mercenary captain Daario Naharis. This was towards the beginning of the actor's career, and certainly boosted his reputation in Hollywood.
Last year, Ed Skrein joined the X-Men Universe as Ajax / Francis, the dickhead of a villain in Deadpool. Skrein's intimidating acting-style improved the final product of Deadpool. Some say that a hero is only as good as his villain, and Francis was a great villain.
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3. Peter Dinklage
Dinklage has 6 Emmy nominations, and 2 wins, under his belt for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. Before Game of Thrones, Dinklage was no newbie in Hollywood, having appeared in films such as Prince Caspian, Death at a Funeral, and, my personal favorite, Elf, where he played Miles Finch. Regardless, nothing helped this unique actor's career more than Game of Thrones.
Dinklage joined the X-Men franchise in 2014, playing Dr. Bolivar Trask in Days of Future Past. Trask was one of the few human X-Men movie villains, and he did a damn good job of it. Despite his awesome performance, the most memorable part about Peter Dinklage in the film was his killer mustache.
Dinklage is also rumored to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Avengers: Infinity War, but there is no confirmation yet.
4. Richard E. Grant
Grant has the largest resume of the actors on this list, but despite that, he is likely the least recognizable. He played Izembaro, the theater actor, last year in Season 6 of Game of Thrones. He may not have been the most memorable character from last season, but there is no denying that Grant did a great job in the role.
He joined the X-Men Universe this year in Logan, where he plays Dr. Xander Rice, one of the minds behind the creation of X-23. While Rice might not be the strongest or most memorable character in the film, I certainly hope he adds to the final product, much like he did in Game of Thrones.
With FOX constantly working to expand their X-Men Universe even more, I hope to see more Game of Thrones actors show up, be it major roles like Jean Grey, or smaller roles like Dr. Rice. Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, has been strongly hinted to being playing Wolfsbane in the next X-Men film, but she is not completely confirmed yet.
Personally, I would love to see Kit Harington appear in the X-Men franchise, possibly as a villain in the upcoming Gambit movie. Harington is one of the few major Game of Thrones actors who has not already committed to a role in another well-known franchise, such as Star Wars. Even if they don't take Harington, though, there are still countless talented actors and actresses FOX can choose from when expanding their own cinematic universe.