Until Sophie Turner takes to the screen in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, the only version of the mutant Jean Grey audiences have seen in theaters is Famke Janssen’s portrayal in each of the X-Men movies. However, unlike Wolverine’s superhuman healing factor which explains away the fact that the youthful Hugh Jackman can play the character year after year (and throughout various decades on screen), Jean Grey ages more or less like a normal human. With that in mind, Turner’s take on the very powerful mutant will take her back to a younger, more vulnerable time.
In a chat with EW, Turner talked about stepping into the shoes of a fan-favorite mutant, one made even more famous by Janssen’s live-action portrayal in Singer’s films. This version, as envisioned by screenwriter Simon Kinberg, is just as powerful but has yet to come into her own by learning how to control that power. It will be interesting to see how Turner focuses Jena Grey’s incredible abilities on screen, especially considering the good guys are going up against one of the biggest bads in comic book history in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Here’s what Turner had to say about Kinberg’s version of Jean Grey and how she compares to Janssen’s previous take:
“The difference between this and Famke’s Jean Grey is she’s young and isolated and so insecure and very alienated – even from the other mutants – because she’s so powerful. So there’s a real vulnerability to her and it’s great to see how her and Scott [Tye Sheridan] find each other through that alienation. She’s a great role to play, she’s so much fun, and her arc in the movie is amazing.”
Turner had joked about wanting to play a Marvel hero years ago, telling EW in October of 2014 that, “I think it would be really cool to do like a Marvel project with superheroes, because that’s so far from what I’ve done so far. But I don’t have a particular role or particular person I would like to play. It’s not like the roles I’ve had aren’t dream roles, but I don’t have one I’m after. But a superhero would be fun.”
When she got the X-Men: Apocalypse role a few months later, she looked back on that moment, saying:
“I’m just going to start saying a lot more things that I’d like,” Turner joked. “ ‘I’d really like a few boxes of cookies!’”
You can see Turner in Season 6 of HBO’s Game of Thrones when it returns Sunday, April 24th. Then catch her and the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse when it opens a month later on May 27th.
For more on X-Men: Apocalypse, be sure to check out our recent coverage below:
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