How X-Men: Apocalypse Will Introduce The Young Storm, Cyclops And Jean Grey

Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past wound up changing the entire X-Men timeline. Because of the way the movie ended, none of the events featured in previous films - with the exception of X-Men: First Class - actually technically happened, and as a result the characters from the original trilogy won't be the exact same people who that we spent years getting to know. This idea is very much reflected in new comments from X-Men: Apocalypse producer/co-writer Simon Kinberg, who has explained how we can expect to see young Storm, Cyclops and Jean Grey portrayed in the upcoming blockbuster.

Empire recently had the chance to interview the filmmaker about the soon-to-star-production X-Men: Apocalypse, and it was during this conversation that Kinberg revealed some very basic details about the aforementioned three characters - who will be played by franchise newcomers Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan, and Sophie Turner, respectively. Let's take a closer look at them individually, shall we?

Alexandra Shipp


Right off the bat we'll start with the most interesting character description that Simon Kinberg offered. In the original X-Men trilogy and X-Men: Days of Future Past, Ororo Munroe a.k.a. Storm was always shown to be a force for good in the battle between Professor X's team and the Brotherhood of Mutants, but evidently X-Men: Apocalypse will be adding a bit of darkness into the character's history. Said the writer/producer of Shipp's take, "Storm is ?a troubled character who is going down the wrong path in life."

Tye Sheridan


While seemingly not as extreme, it also seems that the new version of Scott Summers a.k.a. Cyclops will also have a bit of an edge to him. In his own words, Kinberg describes the Tye Sheridan's take as not yet being "the squeaky-clean leader." This could be a nice contrast to what we've previously seen from the James Marsden version of the character, who was ultimately pretty bland in the original X-Men titles, and not nearly as cool as his comic book counterpart.

Sophie Turner

Jean Grey

The portrayal of Jean Grey will be an interesting case in X-Men: Apocalypse if not just because we got to see a good chunk of her history in X-Men: The Last Stand - but, again, all of that stuff has now been written off. In his description, Simon Kinberg says this take on the character "is complex, interesting and not fully mature." Going further, he added, "It’s fun to see someone struggling with their powers when you know one day they’ll become the most powerful person in the world."

Storm, Cyclops and Jean Grey won't be the only young mutants featured in X-Men: Apocalypse, as they will be joined by Kodi Smit-McPhee's Nightcrawler, Lana Condor's Jubilee, and Ben Hardy's Angel, but it sounds like this main trio will be getting the bulk of the focus where new young castmembers are concerned. We'll see how it all turns out when X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2016.

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