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Praise the Old Gods and the New! Sophie Turner is X-Men: Apocalypse’s Young Jean Grey

Storm and Cyclops have also been cast!


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An X-Men: Apocalypse rumor story earlier this week named both Sophie Turner and Saoirse Ronan as frontrunners for the role of Young Jean Grey. Previously Chloe Grace Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, and Elle Fanning all had their respective hats in the ring. But last night it became official, the Game of Thrones star has landed the gig. So now I guess I have to go watch this movie.

And if you’re wondering why we didn’t get all excited about Alexandra Shipp (Young Storm) and Tye Sheridan (Young Cyclops) it’s only because we have no idea who they are. Though they both have a fair few credits to their names.

While Sheridan hasn’t made any new posts on Twitter since the big announcement, Shipp posted this adorable picture:

My current mood right now

Une photo publiée par Alexandra Shipp (@alexandrashipppp) le

And Turner simply tweeted:

Which, I think, sums things up quite nicely.

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Jill Pantozzi
Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."

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