Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the HBO show, is excited about playing Jean Grey in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.
While the actress is yet to read the film's script to get an idea about the look and length of her role, she did reveal to IGN how she finds similarities between Sansa and the complex X-Men character, Jean Grey (via ComicBookMovie).
"I think maybe one of the reasons that they chose me for [Jean] is because they saw the dark side of Sansa," she said over landing the role.
"Maybe they're thinking 'Oh, Phoenix, Jean Grey'. I definitely see a lot of parallels in there. [Jean] struggles with her power... and not being accepted in the human world. I think in terms of [Game Of Thrones], that's kind of the way Sansa felt in that she really wanted to be a normal princess/queen and live a normal life -- and she doesn't, because of all this havoc happens. I think Jean, in a way, feels that."
Turner also stated that even though she will seek inspiration from Famke Janssen's portrayal of Jean Grey in earlier X-Men movies, she will try to make it her own and bring it closer to the comic books.
She said: "I think Famke played Jean incredibly well, but also, I'm playing a younger version of her. I want to emulate Famke in a sense, because she has to seem like the Jean in the first two movies, but I'm also going to put my own twist on her. I think I'm also going to take inspiration from the comics. I don't know, we'll see."
That is sure to please the fans, and it sounds like Turner can't wait to fully delve into that research.
She said: "I'm really, really excited to play [Jean]. She's an icon."