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Kristin Lai

X-Men: Apocalypse will premiere next month, and we'll finally get to see the first installment in the new timeline established by the events in Days of Future Past. One of the better changes comes as a result of Kitty Pryde and Wolverine finding both Jean Grey and Cyclops alive and well.

Now that we're going back to their time as students learning under the tutelage of Professor Charles Xavier, we get to meet an entirely new cast playing some of the most famous X-Men. Filling the shoes of Famke Janssen as Jean Grey will be Game of Thrones' very own Sophie Turner.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Janssen discussed handing down the role to Turner and commended her on her work.

“She emailed me before she started filming wanting some pointers. And I said, ‘You don’t need any. You’re perfect. You’re great.’ So I can’t wait to see the movie and what she’s done with it.”

When it comes to her character being played by a younger actress, Janssen couldn't be more gracious and knows that it's all part of the superhero way of life. Other actors taking on the roles of the younger mutants in the X-Mansion include Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, and Ben Hardy as Angel.

That being said, Janssen still noted how male and female mutants have been treated somewhat differently in their timelines and called out Hollywood on its sexist tendencies:

“I’m actually really excited about it. And its not the first time obviously that it’s happened. In the X-Men series, they’ve been doing this for years. Although women, it’s interesting because they’re replaced, and the older versions – or more mature, whatever the politically correct version of that is – are never to be seen again. Whereas the men are allowed to be both ages. Sexism. I think that I should be back along with my younger version and the way that we’ve seen it with Magneto and Professor X.”

As someone who really enjoyed Janssen's portrayal of Jean Grey, I'd welcome her back into the franchise anytime and with open arms.

'X-Men: Apocalypse' will be released on May 27.


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(Source: Entertainment Weekly)


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