Sophie Turner Talks Parallels of Thrones’ Sansa to X-MEN: APOCALYPSE’s Jean Grey

Sophie Turner compares Sansa to Jean Grey

Game of Thrones star, and now upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse superhero, Sophie Turner shared her thoughts on what it was that got her the part of Marvel’s telekinetic redhead.  It’s no surprise that her role as the elder daughter of the Stark clan comes to mind, not only for her, but for many fans who watch the show.

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark

“I think maybe one of the reasons that they chose me for [Jean] is because they saw the dark side of Sansa,” Turner tells IGN“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.”

In regards to how she’ll approach playing the character, who was last played by Famke Janssen in X-Men: The Last Stand, Sophie definitely plans to use Famke’s influence of the character in how she plays the younger version, but also wants to add her own style to bringing Jean Grey back to life on the big screen.

Famke Janssen as Jean Grey/Phoenix

“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.”

Understandable, since I had no problems with the way that Janssen played out Jean Grey, although I wasn’t too pleased with the look of Phoenix in The Last Stand.  Needless to say, that was not in regards to Janssen’s ability to play the part.

Turner will be joining the already established crew from the current X-Men franchise, including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Rose Byrne, who was already announced to reprise her role as Moira McTaggert.

The other new additions to Apocalypse is Alexandra Shipp and Tye Sheridon.

Check out the beginning stages of a new set for the movie, which begins filming in April, with an expected release date of May 27, 2016.

By Nat, the Geek Girl

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Janssen last played Jean Grey in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) – not The Last Stand (2006). She even starred as Jean in 2013’s The Wolverine.

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