Sophie Turner On Playing X-Men’s Jean Grey

One of the more well received casting announcements of late has been the casting of “Game of Thrones” actress Sophie Turner as a young Jean Grey in Bryan Singer’s upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse” film.

Out doing press for the Blu-ray release of the fourth season of ‘Thrones’, she tells IGN that she thinks the darker turn of her character Sansa Stark in that season may have played a hand in the “X-Men” producers deciding to cast her:

“I think maybe one of the reasons that they chose me for [Jean] is because they saw the dark side of Sansa. Maybe they’re thinking, ‘Oh, Phoenix, Jean Grey.’ I definitely see a lot of parallels in there. “[Jean] struggles with her power… and not being accepted in the human world. I think in terms of [Game of Thrones], that’s kind of the way Sansa felt in that she really wanted to be a normal princess/queen and live a normal life — and she doesn’t, because of all this havoc happens. I think Jean, in a way, feels that.”

Turner says she hasn’t read the script yet and doesn’t know what her costume looks like. She also says she is trying to emulate Famke Janssen’s portrayal in the previous films in some aspects, but also wants to put her own spin on the character in the 1983-set feature:

“I think Famke played Jean incredibly well, but also, I’m playing a younger version of her. I want to emulate Famke in a sense, because she has to seem like the Jean in the first two movies, but I’m also going to put my own twist on her. I think I’m also going to take inspiration from the comics. I don’t know, we’ll see.”

Singer is currently in pre-production on “X-Men: Apocalypse” in Montreal ahead of a shoot in April.