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January 22, 2015

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ adds Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan

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Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp and Tye Sheridan are joining Bryan Singer’s upcoming "X-Men: Apocalypse." Turner will play Jean Grey, Shipp has been cast as Storm, and Sheridan will portray Cyclops. (HBO / Lifetime / WireImage)

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Actress Sophie Turner arrives for the British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate Market in central London, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

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Jessica Chastain, left, Laramie Eppler, Brad Pitt and Tye Sheridan in "The Tree of Life." (Merie Wallace / 20th Century Fox)

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Jessica Chastain and Tye Sheridan in "The Tree of Life." (Merie Wallace / 20th Century Fox)

“Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner is leading a trio of new actors joining Bryan Singer’s upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse.”

Turner will play Jean Grey, a role originated on screen by Famke Janssen in Singer’s 2000 “X-Men”; Alexandra Shipp has been cast as Storm, originally played by Halle Berry, while Tye Sheridan will play Cyclops, a role that first went to James Marsden.

Shipp’s credits include “Drumline: A New Beat,” and she starred for television in “Aailyah: The Princess of R&B”; she also has a role in the upcoming NWA movie, “Straight Outta Compton.” Sheridan has appeared in such features as “Mud” and “The Tree of Life.”

Oscar Isaac will star as the powerful villain in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the next installment in the long-running Fox franchise based on the Marvel Comics series.

Singer is set to direct the film, which is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016.

Singer originally announced “X-Men: Apocalypse” on Twitter near the end of 2013; the movie will feature the mutants facing off against the popular titular villain of the 1990s storyline “Age of Apocalypse.”

“It’s another one of the great ‘X-Men’ story lines, which is cool,” franchise writer-producer Simon Kinberg said in an interview with Hero Complex while promoting the release of last year’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which featured an end-credits cameo by Apocalypse, also known as En Sabah Nur.

“Not all superhero movies, comic book movies, will follow story lines from the books, and one of the things we’ve been doing with the ‘X-Men’ movies recently is taking books as inspiration and following those stories,” he said. “One of the challenges of following up ‘Days of Future Past’ is that the movie is so big in scale and scope and stakes, how do you tell the next one that doesn’t feel like a step backward? The ‘Apocalypse’ story, even for people that don’t know the comics, just from the title the stakes are pretty clear.”

With a worldwide box-office gross to date of more than $746 million, “Days of Future Past” is a tough act to follow. The film, Singer’s first “X-Men” film as director since 2003’s “X2,” adapted and expanded the acclaimed “X-Men” comics by Chris Claremont and John Byrne from the early ’80s, telling a sci-fi-inflected time-travel tale that jumped between a dystopian future ruled by robots called Sentinels and 1973, when select mutants set out to try to prevent the rise of the Sentinels.

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director Brian Singer will be on hand at Saturday's 20th Century Fox panel. (Fox)

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” (Fox)

The movie united the casts of the original “X” trilogy — including Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier and Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto — and the younger actors who played earlier incarnations of the characters in Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class,” including James McAvoy as Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto and Jennifer Lawrence as the alluring blue shape-shifter Raven/Mystique.

“Game of Thrones'” Peter Dinklage joined the “Future Past” ensemble as Bolivar Trask, the scientist who creates the Sentinels.

The film enjoyed largely positive reviews, but Singer withdrew from promotional efforts after a scandal erupted in the wake of a teen-sexual-abuse lawsuit filed against him. The allegations were later dropped, paving the way for Singer to continue on at the helm of one of Fox’s marquee franchises.

The studio is making a commitment to other comic-book properties too — on the release schedule are two “Fantastic Four” movies and another stand-alone film for “Wolverine,” in addition to a solo “Deadpool” movie and a “Gambit” film starring Channing Tatum.

As for “Apocalypse,” Kinberg said audiences should expect wide-scale destruction on screen.

“Visually it takes us into some places we’ve never explored in the ‘X-Men’ movies,” Kinberg told Hero Complex. “I love when other superhero or comic book movies have yet another genre [within the genre] — like ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ being like a political thriller and ‘Days of Future Past’ being a science-fiction time-travel movie, those are subgenres. With ‘Apocalypse’ we’re really doing a global-disaster movie, Roland Emmerich-style.”

Turner, of course, will soon be seen in the upcoming fifth season of HBO’s lavish fantasy series adapted from the novels of George R.R. Martin.

“I can’t reveal much, but there’s a big change for her this season and there’s a few familiar faces around,” Turner said in an interview with Hero Complex last year.

Click through the image gallery above for a more detailed look at Turner’s recent run on “Game of Thrones,” and leave your thoughts on the “X-Men” casting below.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATherocomplex


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