TheWrap is reporting that three well-known actresses are being eyed for the role of Jean Grey in Bryan Singer's X-Men Apocalypse. They are Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass, Let Me In, Hugo, Equalizer, Dark Shadows, 500 Days of Summer), Elle Fanning (Maleficent, We Bought A Zoo, Super 8, Benjamin Button) and Oscar nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld (Ender's Game, Pitch Perfect 2, True Grit). Production will begin in Montreal in the Spring, with a release date of May 27th, 2016.
Fox will need high profiled actors moving forward with the X-Men franchise. Considering Hugh Jackman could be exiting the Wolverine role after two more films. Jeff is betting that Hailee Steinfeld is the frontrunner, but Moretz and Fanning do have more awareness. This makes a bit of sense, as Hailee is in a similar point in her career that Jennifer Lawrence was when she joined First Class. I personally think all these choices are excellent, and hopefully this means Fox will indeed give us the Dark Phoenix Saga in the future. Steinfeld is the one actress out of the three that could actually benefit from the role, it also doesn't hurt he doesn't often make big films.