Sophie Turner is thrilled to be taking on the role of a young Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse this year.
Best known for her turn as Sansa Stark on HBO's Game of Thrones, Turner admits that she has the oft-criticized Sansa to thank for helping her land the coveted role of Marvel's most famous telekinetic mutant.
"I think maybe one of the reasons that they chose me for [Jean Grey] is because they saw the dark side of Sansa," noted the actress during an interview with IGN on Tuesday. The star's HBO character definitely took a dark turn during season 4, which perhaps gave her a bit of an edge during the casting process.
"[Jean] struggles with her power…and not being accepted in the human world," explained Turner. "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 and live a normal life, and she doesn't because all of this havoc happens. I think Jean, in a way, feels that."
Turner insists that she will be putting her "own twist" on the role, though she also believes its important to honor where the character came from.
"I think I'm also going to take inspiration from the comics…" added the actress. "I'm really, really excited to play [Jean]. She's an icon."
Set in the 1980s, the upcoming X-Men flick will see the return of James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert and Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique.
Tye Sheridan (Mud) will be stepping into the role of young Cyclops, while Alexandra Shipp (Aaliaya: The Princess Of R&B) has been cast as a young Storm.
Production will begin in April.
X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to hit theatres on May 27, 2016.