X-Men: The Last Stand didn’t happen. Sure there’s a lot more that you can take away from Bryan Singer’s incredible X-Men: Days of Future Past, but that movie’s timeline-changing shenanigans resulting in the events of the much maligned Bret Ratner directed third X-Men flick now having been eradicated is a big one. This is not only because The Last Stand sucked hairy Beast butt overall, but also because Scott Summers aka Cyclops (James Marsden) and Jean Grey (Famke Jannsen) were both killed off in that film – Cyclop bit the bullet especially unceremoniously.
But with the reset switch having been thrown, we can now hope to see them in any upcoming adventures. Just not their older selves first though, as the next scheduled mutant adventure, X-Men: Apocalypse is set to take place in the 1980’s, when Cyclops and Jean Grey were still youngsters. While it was never officially confirmed that that would be the case, X-Men: Days of Future Past writer/producer Simon Kinberg hinted a while back that we may see their younger versions among other original franchise characters popping up.
And now it looks like that may exactly what is happening, as it’s being reported by The Wrap that popular young actresses Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Ender’s Game), Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Hugo), and Elle Fanning (Super 8, Maleficent) are being looked at to play the young Jean Grey, while relative newcomers Ben Hardy (EastEnders), Charlie Rowe (Red Band Society), and Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar) are in consideration for young Cyclops.
The Wrap goes on to say that Steinfeld and Moretz have in fact already met with Singer on this. Now I have to point out that nothing’s been announced formally though, and actresses meet with directors all the time without starring in their movies, so this could all just be a rumour.
If it isn’t just a rumour though, it does tell us something quite revealing about the story. While the lineup of potential juvenile Cyclops actors is a real who’s-who or who-are-they?, actresses of the caliber of Steinfeld, Moretz and Fanning are not usually hired just for some quick nudge nudge, wink wink cameo, as most assumed the characters would be if they showed up. But what story featuring big-bad Apoclaypse could Singer be drawing from that involves a young Jean Grey? Admittedly, that has even this comic book geek stumped.
The other thing that has me scratching my head though, is which of these youngsters are actually right for the role. The guys all have a decent enough resemblance to sell that they would grow up into James Marsden one day, but the same can’t be said for the young ladies looking like Famke Jannsen. All three of them certainly have the acting chops and Moretz even played a very similar character in the Carrie remake, but they still wouldn’t have been my first choices for the role (although out of the three Steinfeld gets my nod). But I guess this is why Bryan Singer gets paid the big bucks and I get paid in stale boxes of popcorn.
Last Updated: November 20, 2014