IGN caught up with Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner and asked her about her being cast as the younger Jean Grey in the upcoming X-men Apocalypse. Turner sees many parallels between Sansa and Jean Grey.
“I think maybe one of the reasons that they chose me for [Jean] is because they saw the dark side of Sansa,” she said. “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.”
The fans may have definitely helped that impression. Since the second half of Season 4 of Game of Thrones, numerous images and fanfare paying homage to “Dark Sansa” have propped up the intrigue surrounding her growth as a more political and power-savvy woman. See below.
As for the part itself, Turner says she’d like to bring something of her own to the role of Jean Grey. “I think Famke played Jean incredibly well, but also, I’m playing a younger version of her,” Turner explained. “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.”
The film is still in it’s very early stages, so Turner can only do so much or tell us so much about the character at this point. “It’s all very secretive at the moment, so I’ve just done my auditions and a few pieces,” Turner said, “but I’m really, really excited to play [Jean]. She’s an icon.”
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