Comic Casting: New Actors Join X-Men: Apocalypse, Supergirl, and Doctor Strange

Whew!  Comic books have been taking over movies and television lately with no signs of slowing down, especially considering the amount of talent they’ve been putting into each endeavor.  Today has come some casting news on three different projects, all of which are for iconic characters fans are dying to see (back) in action.  So let’s start with TV. 

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CBS announced a while ago that they were wanting to bring Supergirl to series (furthering DC’s current stranglehold on the TV market) that could potentially crossover with Arrow and The Flash.  We’ve heard rumblings over the last week or so about casting underway for the titular character, but this morning they made it official.  Melissa Benoist (Glee and Whiplash) is going to be the girl from Krypton.  While this is the ONLY casting we’ve heard on the show so far, it’s also the biggest, so it’s nice to get it out of the way. 

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Next up is Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.  After Days of Future Past released, Singer and just about everyone else confirmed that this was a story for the younger generation of X-Men (those in First Class) and likely that none, except for Hugh Jackman, would be reprising their roles.  We’ve known for a while now that younger versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm were going to be seen on screen opposite Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse, but the new actors have been the source of much discussion and rumor.  

Director Singer himself has put it all to rest by officially announcing on his Twitter the new trio.  Alexandra Shipp, who was most recently seen in the Aaliyah biopic for Lifetime will be playing Storm. Sophie Turner, who fans know best as Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones will take on the role of Jean Grey, and Tye Sheridan from Mud will be the new Cyclops.  I think these are all pretty solid choices, but I think it’s more exciting to me to once again get the chance to see these characters on screen in an all new way.  It’ll be great to see them younger, rougher, and now that the timeline’s been reset perhaps we’ll see versions of them more resembling what fans of the comics were hoping to see.  

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The last bit of news comes from THR, who’s reporting that Chiwetel Ejiofor (Serenity and 12 Years a Slave) is currently in talks to take on an unspecified role in Doctor Strange.  While they have no idea who he might play, their sources have mentioned that Ejiofor is being eyed to play the villain opposite Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Doctor Strange.  Mordo would be an obvious villain choice for the Marvel character’s first outing, but at this point it’s all speculation.  Either way, the man’s a great actor and remains one of my favorite on-screen villains, so I hope this turns out to be the case. 

What do you guys think about all these casting choices?  There’s a lot of new faces joining these iconic franchises…are you excited to see them? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

-Jordan