Potential Shortlist For Jean Grey And Cyclops Recast

If a recent report is true, it suggests director Bryan Singer is pursuing higher profile young actresses for the role of Jean, and relative unknowns for Cyclops.

According to sources close to TheWrap, Chloe Grace Moretz, Elle Fanning and True Grit actress Hailee Steinfeld are being eyed for the Jean Grey role, while British soap actor Ben Hardy, The Golden Compass' Charlie Rowe and Homeland's Timothee Chalamet are in the running to play Cyclops.
Moretz and Fanning reportedly met with Singer recently, however the search could be broadened to include other up-and-comers, and The Wrap stressed that Fanning may not be pursuing the role.
We've known for a while that the roles of Jean and Cyclops would be recast, as the film will be set in the '80s.
"If we included some of the original X-Men like Storm and Jean and Scott and other in Apocalypse, yeah we'd have to recast them, as Apocalypse takes place a good twenty years before [the first] X-Men, which was now, insanely, a good ten to fifteen years ago," said Apocalpyse writer Simon Kinberg in September.
"It would be really hard to do. Halle (Berry) and Famke (Janssen) and Jimmy (Marsden) and others have done such wonderful jobs of bringing those parts to life, and are so identified with those parts now. So it would be a tall task. But I also would have said before First Class that there would be no actors who can stand alongside Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart."
X-Men: Apocalypse is due to hit theaters May 27, 2016

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