Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner is set to appear in her biggest feature film role yet in this summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse. But how does her take on Jean Grey differ from the one we’ve seen in the previous X-Men films?
Grey is a mutant with telepathic and telekinetic powers, but her story and personality won’t be quite the same as the character played by Famke Janssen across five movies (four X-Men titles, and a brief appearance in The Wolverine). As written by screenwriter Simon Kinberg in the 1980s-set Apocalypse, Turner tells EW.com exclusively, “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. 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.”
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Turner first mentioned wanting to play a superhero in an interview with EW two years ago, telling us on the Thrones set in October 2014, “I think it would be really cool to do like a Marvel project with superheroes, because that’s so far from what I’ve done so far. But I don’t have a particular role or particular person I would like to play. It’s not like the roles I’ve had aren’t dream roles, but I don’t have one I’m after. But a superhero would be fun.” Then, a few months later, she joined the cast of Apocalypse.
“I’m just going to start saying a lot more things that I’d like,” Turner joked. “ ‘I’d really like a few boxes of cookies!’”
Thrones returns for its sixth season on April 24; Apocalypse opens May 27.