Exciting times, people! X-Men: Apocalypse inches closer to the start of production, and the news just keeps on coming. You might recall how active that director Bryan Singer was during the production of X-Men: Days of Future Past, offering glimpses and glimmers at the movie through social media. Well, it seems as if he’s at it again with the coming Apocalypse, showing off some of the construction presently happening on set, and a very familiar set at that. Meanwhile, one of the new cast members is talking about her new role, or rather playing the younger version of an old role that goes right back to the very first X-Men film.
But first, let’s look at some pictures. Courtesy of Singer’s Instagram feed, and Comic Book Movie, comes a look at the in-progress set construction of Apocalypse. If you’ve seen, well, any X-Men movie, then the setting should be very familiar to you indeed. Especially if you know anything about Professor Xavier.
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“Something new,” he says. I take it he doesn’t mean Cerebro, which is definitely not new, but Singer definitely implies that the first picture is of Cerebro. Perhaps they’re two different rooms in the X-Mansion circa 1983. My guess? Perhaps the door leads to the new old Blackbird, the X-Men of the 70s had a definite lack of awesome aircraft.
In other news, the young lady that just secured the role of the young Jean Grey is talking about the task of not just playing one of the oldest, most well-known characters from the comic, but filling the shoes of the role’s originator, Famke Janssen. Of course Sophie Turner knows from fan pressure, she deals with it daily while working on Game of Thrones. And if you’re unsure what comparisons can be made between Sansa Stark and Jean Grey, according to Turner, you better think twice.
“I think maybe one of the reasons that they chose me for [Jean] is because they saw the dark side of Sansa,” Turner told IGN (via Coming Soon). “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 added that in taking on the role of Jean she hopes to interpret what Janssen did in the first three X-Men movies, and add some bits from the comic book.
“I think Famke played Jean incredibly well, but also, I’m playing a younger version of her,” Turner said. “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.”
Yes we will. X-Men: Apocalypse will be in theaters everywhere May 2016.