Chiwetel Ejiofor may be rumored to join Marvel’s Doctor Strange, but director Bryan Singer used Cerebro to tell all of Twitter exactly who will be playing Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) January 23, 2015
In case you’re not super up to date on celebrity Twitter handles, young Storm will now be played by Alexandra Shipp (Straight Outta Compton, House of Anubis). Many had speculated, myself included, that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o would be playing the role of Storm in the 1980s-set sequel, but as long as Singer keeps his promise of giving us leather jacket-clad mohawk Storm, all will be right in the world. Next up, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner will be trading in one major franchise for another and her King’s Landing machinations for Omega-level telepathy as Jean Grey. Whoops, wrong photo there. Must have been thinking about the Golden Globes. That was Powers star Shelby Steel. This is the lemon cake-loving Sansa Stark you know and love. Last, but not least is Joe and Mud star Tye Sheridan, who will be donning the iconic ruby quartz glasses of Scott Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops. In case you’re not familiar with Sheridan, he is a young force to be reckoned with; his performance in Mud was among my favorite in all of 2013, so he’s definitely one to keep on your radar going forward. All in all, I have to give it to Bryan Singer — between the returning First Class/Days of Future Past stars and Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, he is assembling an excellent cast to close out this second trilogy of X-Men films. X-Men: Apocalypse comes out on May 27, 2016. For more on what this all means for the X-Men franchise going forward, our own editor-in-chief Brian Walton prepared a special video report:
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