“X-Men: Apocalypse” is set to hit theaters on May 27 with “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner as the younger version of Jean Grey, who was originally played by Famke Janssen. Recently, Janssen talked about not being included in the cast of the upcoming “X-Men” film.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Janssen said that she was very excited about watching a young Jean Grey. She noted that it is not the first time that a young version of a character was featured in the “X-Men” series.
On the other hand, Janssen told the publication that there is sexism when it comes to how the younger versions of male and female “X-Men” characters are handled. She explained that when female characters are replaced, the older versions are never to be seen again while the male older versions are allowed to be both ages.
“I think that I should be back along with my younger version and the way that we’ve seen it with Magneto and Professor X,” Janssen said. She was referring to the characters played by Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, respectively.
Janssen revealed that she had pitched the idea of having her reprise the role of Jean Grey along with the younger version of the character. However, she said that she had not heard any feedback “other than total radio silence.”
The last time Janssen appeared in an “X-Men” film as Jean Grey was in 2014. She starred in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Bingbing Fan, among others.
Meanwhile, on the small screen, Janssen is set to join the cast of “The Blacklist” after joining “How to Get Away with Murder.” She will play Susan “Scottie” Hargrave, who will make her debut on Season 3 episode 21, which will air on May 5, TV Guide has learned.