‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Casts Young Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey

By January 23, 2015

Next year, Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse will bring the story started in 2011’s X-Men: First Class to a conclusion, and there are a few details that we’ve learned about it since this past summer’s release of the acclaimed X-Men: First Class. We know it’ll take place in the 1980s, we know that we’ll start to see the formation of the team as we found it in 2000’s original X-Men film, and we know that mainstay X-villain Apocalypse will be featured and played by actor Oscar Isaac.

We now know that the three pioneers of the film iteration of the X-Men team, Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey, will be featured in Apocalypse. Making an announcement through Twitter, director Bryan Singer revealed the names of the three actors who will be taking on the roles of the younger versions of the characters:  Alexandra Shipp (Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B) will star as Ororo Munroe/Storm, Tye Sheridan (Mud) will star as Scott Summers/Cyclops, and Sophie Turner (“Game of Thrones”) will star as Jean Grey.

From L to R: Alexandra Shipp will star in X-Men: Apocalypse as the young Storm, Tye Sheridan as the young Cyclops, and Sophie Turner as the young Jean Grey.

From L to R: Alexandra Shipp will star in X-Men: Apocalypse as the young Storm, Tye Sheridan as the young Cyclops, and Sophie Turner as the young Jean Grey.

Previous films in the series have shown us younger versions of all of these characters. 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand began with a younger Professor Xavier and Magneto visiting Jean’s parents, and trying to persuade them to send her to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, with the young Jean being played by actress Haley Ramm. Young Cyclops featured rather prominently in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by actor Tim Pocock.

A young Storm was slated to appear in the first Wolverine film as well, but the scenes were cut from final release. We did ultimately catch a small glimpse of the girl who would become Storm in X-Men: First Class while Xavier was scanning the minds of mutants in Cerebro, Ultimately, only the Storm cameo from the 2011 film is still in continuity with the series, since Days of Future Past changed the very nature of the films’ continuity.

These three young actors will be carrying the legacy of the characters as first played by Halle Berry, James Marsden, and Famke Janssen, respectively. All three appeared, even if only for a short time, in Days of Future Past. It still remains to be seen if these actors and the First Class cast at-large will be featured in future X-Men films, but we’ll likely know more about that once this newest film is released.

Seeing how these characters come into the fold of Professor X’s guidance is, frankly, a film many X-Men fans have been waiting to see since they were promised the “First Class,” which originally consisted of Cyclops, Storm, Jean, Iceman, and Beast.

X-Men: Apocalypse will be released in theaters on May 27th, 2016, and will star Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Oscaar Isaac, in addition to these three newest cast members. For more on the film as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.