After a disappointing end to Bryan Singer's X-Men trilogy, the decision to reboot the franchise with a prequel series decades before the original was an interesting tactic to breathe new life into the franchise. The young cast assembled were able to play characters that audiences have seen before better than anyone could have hoped in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Fox brought in even more young versions of known X-Men by introducing young versions of Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) for their latest film X-Men: Apocalypse.
Audiences seemed to react kindly to all of the young actors in the role, which should result in all of them returning for the next X-Men movie. Storm has been rumored to appear in the upcoming New Mutants movie as well, but of all the new, young mutants, Jean Grey was the one who got the biggest moment in the finale. Now, some new concept art reveals another actress and a different costume that could have been featured in the movie instead.
Artist Alan Villanueva was hired to sketch some concept art for the Jean Grey in Apocalypse, but in his designs, it looks as though Elle Fanning was close to getting the role. Fanning was on the initial shortlist to get the role, and if Fox was commissioning concept art for her in the role, she could have been the studio's top choice prior to finding Sophie Turner. Even though she did not get the part, she certainly could have pulled off the look.
This is a much different costume design for Jean Grey compared to what was used in Apocalypse. It does appear to be closer in design to the final X-Men suit she wears at the end of the movie, instead of the combat style suit her and the rest of the X-Men wear as they battled Apocalypse. This design has much more yellow and further pushes the costume into the more classic X-Men look.
Elle Fanning would have made an interesting choice for Jean, and is arguably the more recognizable name. Turner is well known for her role in Game of Thrones, but she does not have the film experience that Fanning has. This is not to say Fanning would have made a better choice, since both would have time to grow into the role, but Fanning would not have been a bad choice if that is the way Fox had gone.
X-Men: Apocalypse releases on Digital HD on Sept. 9, 2016 and debuts on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD & DVD Oct. 4, 2016.
Wolverine 3 opens in U.S. theaters on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017, March 2nd, 2018, and June 29th, 2018. Deadpool 2, Gambit, New Mutants and X-Force are currently in development.