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X-Men: Apocalypse Concept Art Channels Jim Lee

An early design for Jean Grey’s costume in "X-Men: Apocalypse" has surfaced online, and it seems to reveal two things: Legendary artist Jim Lee was a big influence in pre-production, and early casting placed Ellie Fanning in the leading role.

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Early concept art of Jean Grey for #XMenApocalypse by @Alan_Villanueva, costume design by Louise Mingenbach pic.twitter.com/4HWUxDsFua

— Greg Hopwood (@gregoryhopwood) September 4, 2016

The costume, designed by Louise Mingenbach and drawn here by Allan Villanueva, inverts the classic suit's colour scheme, but maintains the headpiece, which has become closely associated with Jean Grey over the years. When he designed the costume back in 1991, Jim Lee was still a relative newcomer to Marvel, but he quickly developed a huge fan base with his work on X-Men. Fan reaction to the image has been overwhelmingly in favour of that design over any other incarnation of Grey on the big-screen.

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The image is also intriguing because of its revelation that Ellie Fanning was very close to being cast in the role -- to the extent that the concept designers were using her likeness. Chloe Moretz ("Kick-Ass") and Hailee Steinfeld ("True Grit") were also rumored to play Jean Grey at one point, but those reports have yet to be confirmed. Ultimately, it was Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) who secured the role in the film.

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You can get hold of "X-Men: Apocalypse" on DVD and Blu-ray on October 4.

(via ComicBookMovie)

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