Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, Elle Fanning, Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe Taron Egerton ("Kingsman: The Secret Service), Jamie Blackley ("If I Stay") Alexandra Shipp Zendaya Coleman, Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet were each the mix to play a young mutant before the final choices were made.
The adult incarnations of the characters were played by Halle Berry, Famke Janssen and James Marsden in various chapters of the film series.
Turner spoke with Access Hollywood about how she learned that she got the part:
"I was getting out of the car to walk in to the audition. 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!'."
Turner says that she is "really trying to emulate" Janssen's portrayal of Jean Grey in the previous films since Janssen "did such a great job and I just hope I do justice to this incredible character."
Meantime, Marsden talked with Hitfix about the casting of Sheridan as the younger version of his character:
"I think he's a wonderfully talented actor who blew me away in 'Mud.' I've never seen a kid that young be that present and that powerful. So I think he’s a perfect fit, and I congratulate him."
Finally, Shipp posted a video via her Instagram account showing off her preparation for her role in the project.
The younger actors introduced in "X-Men: First Class" James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto) Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast) and Lucas Till (Alex “Havok” Summers), etc. are contracted for three films and are locked in to return.
This time the mutants will take on Apocalypse, aka. En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac). In the comics, En Sabah Nur is the world's first mutant who was born in Egypt around 3,000 BC and had access to advanced technology. The events of the film take place in the 80's
We were told that the studio originally wanted "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises" actor Tom Hardy to play the bad guy in the film. The character was teased in the post-credits scene of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (Played by Brendan Pedder).
It is likely that Channing Tatum will debut as the X-Men mutant Gambit here before getting a solo film
"X2: X-Men United" and "Superman Returns" screenwriters Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris as well as Simon Kinberg are writing the script for "Apocalypse" .
Production is slated to begin in April in Montreal. The film will hit theaters on May 27, 2016 opposite Alice in Wonderland 2