It looks like we be seeing Cyclops and Jean Grey in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. The next film in this superhero franchise will once again be directed by Bryan Singer and Apocalypse will arrive in theaters in the summer of 2016. Little is known about this blockbuster's blockbuster; only that the story will take place in the 80's and feature one of the X-Men's most iconic villains. However, with the filmmakers casting Cyclops and Jean, it is safe to say that we will be seeing these classic characters again; but who will play this mutant duo?
It would appear that Fox has finalized their search for the young Cyclops and Jean Grey. According to the The Wrap, the studio has narrowed their search to three candidates for both roles. For the role of Cyclops, the actors suggested to play him are Timothee Chalamet, Ben Hardy and Charlie Rowe. For Jean, the actresses in mind are Elle Fanning, Chloe Grace Moretz and Haille Steinfeld. With the list in front us we now have to ask, of these actors and actresses, who should play the younger versions of Cyclops and Jean Grey?
Lets start with Jean Grey: aka Marvel Girl, aka Phoenix. Jean is a prominent character in the X-Men series, and one of Marvel's most popular heroes. The list of actresses for Jean is a good one as all three choices are established stars. Elle Fanning has been several roles in her life. Her resume include My Neighbor Toturo, Super 8 and this year's releases of [Maleficent](movie:39352) as well as The Boxtrolls. Hallie Steinfeld was nominated for several awards in 2011 for her performance as Mattie Ross in True Grit. Last and not least is Chloe Grace Moretz. Moretz's resume needs no explanation with her filmography including the likes of Kick-Ass, Hugo, Carrie and this year's If I Stay. All three have formidable resume and they all bring something to the table. However, if I had to cast this film, my pick for Jean would be Haille Steinfeld.
Hallie Steinfeld has proven that she can play a strong character with her performance of Mattie Ross. That factor could certainly establish young Jean Grey in new line up of X-Men movies. Chloe Moretz would also be a good choice as she had played a variety of roles. Plus,of the three, Moretz has the most star power. However, I cannot see Chloe Grace Moretz take up the role as she has already been in a superhero movie and played a psychic before. Not to say that would stop Chloe from playing Jean, but those points may also work against her accepting the role. At this point, I say Steinfeld is the best choice as she would to Apocalypse both star power and an acting caliber worthy of Jean Grey.
Then there is the leader of the X-Men: Cyclops. While the character has been featured in the X-Men movies, Cyclops has never had a lot of screen time nor a strong presence in the franchise. So [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267) could be a great opportunity to give the Cyclops solid development, and new blood to portray the character would not hurt either. Unlike the roles up for Jean, these three actors are still building their resumes. Timothee Chalamet has had two major roles this years in the movies Men, Women and Children as well as the hit blockbuster Interstellar. Ben Hardy is just getting his start in the business, but he seems to have found some success in the show EastEnders. Finally there is Charlie Rowe who is known for his roles in Red Band Society and Neverland, where he played the title role. Seeing that these young actors are just getting started in the movie world, it is hard to say who is best to portray Cyclops. Yet of the three, I believe the best choice is in fact Timothee Chalamet.
With his roles in Men, Women and Children and [Interstellar](movie:813746), Chalamet is certainly getting someone's attention; even if he is playing minor roles. While Chalamet has not proven to be a major player, this role could very well be a good move for Chalamet to prove himself; not to mention give a new face to Scott Summers. My runner up for Cyclops is Charlie Rowe. Though his resume is not long, Rowe has been able to pull off a young protagonist before thanks to role in Neverland. Plus he does resemble Scott Summers; as does Chalamet.
It is anyone's guess who could play the young Cyclops and Jean Grey. Chloe Moretz could in fact take up the role of Jean, or maybe it will go to Elle Fanning. Timothee Chalamet may be the best choice for Cyclops, but perhaps the studio will see what they are looking for in Ben Hardy. These selections for the young X-Men could go in any direction. Hopefully whatever decision the filmmakers make, both roles of Jean and Cyclops will be able to bring new life into the characters and continue to expand the X-Men franchise.
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2016.