20-year-old actress Sophie Turner, who is best known for playing the role of Sansa Stark in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” is taking on the role of Jean Grey in this year’s X-Men installment, “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Turner takes over the role from actress Famke Janssen, who played Grey’s role across five movies, including a brief appearance by the character in “The Wolverine” (2013).
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Turner, whose “Apocalypse” character is her biggest feature film role yet, spoke about what makes her take on Jean Grey different from Janssen’s.
“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,” the actress said. “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. She’s a great role to play, she’s so much fun, and her arc in the movie is amazing.”
Grey, a founding member of the X-Men, is a mutant who has telekinetic and telepathic powers. In previous X-Men films, Grey was shown to be one of the most powerful mutants and is, according to her Marvel Comics storyline, one of only a handful of so-called Omega-level mutants or those with the most powerful genetic mutant abilities.
Psylocke (Olivia Munn), who appears in “X-Men: Apocalypse” as one of main villain Apocalypse’s (Oscar Isaac) Four Horsemen, is also an Omega-level mutant.
In the X-Men comics, Grey is the physical manifestation of the Phoenix Force. In the X-Men storyline, “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” Grey undergoes a transformation into the Phoenix. It has been previously speculated that “Apocalypse” may set up Grey’s Dark Phoenix story for a future X-Men film.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” hits movie theaters on May 27.
“Game of Thrones” debuts its sixth season on April 24 on HBO.