It was announced last week that Sophie Turner had been cast as the younger Jean Grey in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse (alongside Tye Sheridan as young Cyclops and Alexandra Shipp as a young Storm) and now the Game of Thrones star has spoken out about her new role.
“I was getting out of the car to walk in to the audition,” she told Access Hollywood. “And then my agent started ringing and she was like ‘Have you heard the news?’ ‘No, what news?’ Then she was like ‘Check your Twitter’. So then I checked it and… I was just getting like, ‘Congratulations Jean Grey.’ Then I just started crying and I messed up the whole audition because I was just like, ‘I can’t speak!'”
The role of Jean Grey was played by Famke Janssen in previous X-Men movies, who Turner said was “amazing”. “I’m really trying to emulate her, because she did such a great job and I just hope I do justice to this incredible character.”
X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release May 19th, 2016 and will be directed by Bryan Singer with James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast) and Evan Peters (Quicksilver) returning from X-Men: Days of Future Past alongside Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Apocalypse.