Jean Grey Sophie Turner

Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan and Alexandra Shipp have joined the cast of Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Apocalypse.”

Sophie Turner is probably the best known of the three actors for her role as in Game of Thrones.  She has played a pretty static character for the most of the show, but followers of the Stark family have seen her character as well as her acting skills begin to blossom over the past season.  The dichotomy of helplessness and power she brings to the Seven Kingdoms may be a good balance to play a telepath with frequent migraines who doubles as the Phoenix.

Our one-eyed pretty boy will be played by Tye Sheridan.  He is best known for his role in “Mud” where he seems to have picked up a few acting skills while working alongside Matthew McConaughey.  It’s hard to picture a romance with he and Turner from the picture above, but maybe some time on set will bring it a little closer.  I will be watching Sheridan closely in “The Stanford Prison Experiment” this year to see if continues with a positive trend.

Cyclops Tye Sheridan

Tye Sheridan is Cyclops

Finally, our tempest-tossed weather witch, and one of the deepest most unexplored and underutilized mutants, Storm will be played by Alexandra Shipp.  This is the casting which worries me the most.  I admittedly have not seen any works by Shipp, considering she is best known for “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” and “Drumline: A New Beat,” but her resume so far does not stack up to be one that I would think to cast for my favorite female superhero.  Granted, Halle Berry’s Storm has left much room for improvement, so hopefully the young actress will do more of a deviation from the flat dull fog-making mutant Bryan Singer has given us so far. Hopefully she will show us an orphaned street thief superimposed on a being worshiped as a goddess who continues to fight every day to keep her world-altering powers under control.

Alexandra Shipp Storm

Alexandra Shipp will be Storm

“X-Men” veterans Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassebender, who have almost redeemed themselves with “Days of Future Past” will return for “Age of Apocalypse.”  Hopefully Singer will continue to pull the franchise back toward what he started in his first two “X-Men” outings and will be able to juggle the growing star power of the film.  He just needs to assure we continue to see all of the faces on screen as mutants working to overcome their constant struggle and not as individual actors trying to stand out by showing off their cool powers.

What do you think of the newest X-Men casting?