It's been more than six months since director Bryan Singer first suggested that Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm could be recast in "X-Men: Apocalypse," and now we may have an idea of who could step into two of those roles in the 1980s-set sequel.
Citing multiple sources, TheWrap reports Chloe Grace Moretz, Elle Fanning and Hailee Steinfeld are on the shortlist to play a young Jean Grey, while Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe and Timothee Chalamet are in the running to portray Cyclops.
Although no official test offers have been made, the website's sources contend Singer has met in recent weeks with both Moretz ("Kick-Ass," "Carrie") and Fanning ("Maleficent," "Young Ones"), who would assume the role originated by Famke Janssen in 2000's "X-Men." That news comes with two caveats: That those three actresses aren't the only ones on the list, and it's unknown whether Fanning is even interested.
While Steinfeld, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role in 2010's "True Grit," is also an established name -- even at the age of 17 -- the same can't be said of those three actors reportedly in contention to play Cyclops: Hardy is best known as the latest actor to portray Peter Beale on the long-running U.K. soap opera "EastEnders"; Chalamet had recurring roles on "Royal Pains" and "Homeland," and appears in "Interstellar"; and Rowe currently stars on the Fox series "Red Band Society."
TheWrap statesÂ that whichever actors are selected are expected to appear in future installments of the Fox franchise. The studio didn't comment for the website's report.
Opening May 27, 2016, "X-Men: Apocalypse" will conclude the "First Class" trilogy that began in 2011. It's expected to focus on the relationship between Magneto and Mystique, utilizing the star power of actors Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.