Jean Grey, aka Phoenix, is one of those Marvel superheroes who has reached super-popular status: well-known, widely loved, and portrayed by Famke Janssen in the original X-Men movie series, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner certainly has some big shoes to fill. We’re absolutely sure that she’s going to fill them.
Entertainment Weekly caught up with Turner for a chat about Jean’s role in X-Men: Apocalypse — covering all the things longtime fans might recognize and might not.
“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,” said Turner. She’s right: Grey, in various comic book runs, is classified as one of the strongest, and indeed most dangerous, mutants alive.
Turner continued, “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.”
That would be laser-eyed Scott Summers, the younger brother of Alex Summers, who was featured in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
“She’s a great role to play, she’s so much fun, and her arc in the movie is amazing.”
Turner, who has actually mentioned in the past that she wanted to play superhero at some point in her career, told EW in 2014 that she didn’t have “a particular role or particular person” she wanted to play, but that she thought something in the Marvel universe sounded like fun.
Then, a few months later, she joined the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse. In her words: “I’m just going to start saying a lot more things that I’d like. I’d really like a few boxes of cookies!’”
She is literally impossible not to love.
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters May 27.
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