Eastenders Star Ben Hardy Linked With X-Men: Apocalypse

It looks as though a young Cyclops and Jean Grey will be heading to ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ and both Chloe Grace Moretz and ‘Eastenders’ actor Ben Hardy are frontrunners for the highly-coveted roles.

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Trade site The Wrap released the rumoured shortlist for the role of young Cyclops, which includes the British actor who plays Peter Beale on the BBC soap.

“Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe and Timothee Chalamet are under consideration for the role of young Cyclops,” they explain.

“What’s clear at this point is that Singer is aiming high for the role of young Jean Grey,” they added, “while the director seems more open to casting a fresh face as Cyclops.”

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Perhaps the biggest name amongst the male prospectives is Timothee Chalamet, who recently played the role of Matthew McConaughey’s son in the sci-fi blockbuster, ‘Interstellar’. But it certainly seems as though Singer is aiming for a fresh face for the new Cyclops.

According to The Wrap, 17-year-old Chloe Grace Moretz is amongst three leading actors tipped for the role of Jean Grey in the upcoming ‘X-Men’ sequel.

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“Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning and Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld are among the teenage leading ladies being eyed to play young Jean Grey in Bryan Singer‘s ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’,” they revealed. “While a representative for Moretz didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment, an insider confirms that she and Fanning were among the girls who met with Singer in recent weeks as he commenced his search for young Jean Grey.”

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Chloe Grace Moretz shot to fame after starring as Hit-Girl in the awesome comic book adaptation, ‘Kick-Ass’. But while she seems like a pretty impressive choice to become a young Jean Grey, it looks as though we shouldn’t get our hopes up just yet.

“Sources caution that official test offers for the role of Jean Grey have not been made yet,” they explain. “Not only are other up-and-comers still in the mix, but it’s unclear whether Fanning is even pursuing the high-profile role at this time.”

Although Famke Janssen and James Marsden played Jean Grey and Cyclops in the original ‘X-Men’ movies, the upcoming ‘Apocalypse’ seeks to take the franchise in an entirely new direction… and with these fresh new faces, it looks as though it might just succeed.

But will any of these rumoured names appear in the final film? Unfortunately, my psychic powers aren’t quite up to scratch… so for now, we’ll have to wait and see.

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