Lots of actors and actresses auditioned for the X-Men movies, but either didn’t make the cut or turned down the role. Unfortunately for them, the films have been wildly successful, making tons of money and propelling stars who did get the gig to A-list fame. Those who weren’t in the final cuts are, at this point, probably pretty bummed that they didn’t go all the way.
The Marvel team considered multiple celebrities for each role in the movie franchise, most notably Wolverine — sources say that more than nine actors auditioned before Hugh Jackman finally landed it. But what about all the other characters? Well, we have confirmation that almost the same amount of women were considered to play Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse, but it was Sophie Turner who ultimately came out on top. Read on to see who auditioned and/or was considered, but didn’t make the cut!
According to IMDb, this Pretty Little Liars star was offered the role that went to Sophie Turner in the end, but ultimately turned it down. Her reps never disclosed the reason for her decision, but she definitely would have made a cute Jean Grey.
Singer Hailee Steinfeld was also considered for the role of Jean Grey. The directors were really looking for a young actress for the films, because they wanted to portray a younger version of Famke Janssen's character. Unfortunately, the "Most Girls" crooner didn't make it to the end of the casting process.
Rumor has it, Margot Robbie was another A-list actress who was considered to play the role of young Jean Grey. This information has not been confirmed by more than one or two reliable sources, but it was the word on the street for quite some time. While she wasn't able to land a gig in X-Men: Apocalypse, she nabbed another Marvel role shortly after... Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad!
Chloe Grace Moretz
Also considered for the role of Jean Grey was Chloe Grace Moretz. There isn't a lot of information available to the public about why she wasn't ultimately selected for the role, but she did make it far enough in the running to meet with the director and learn the time and travel commitments for the film before the decision was made.
Elle Fanning is the youngest actress who was heavily considered to play Jean Grey in X-Men. When the artist was hired to design concept art for the films, he even used her as inspiration, signaling that she was definitely a final contestant in the running. In the end, she wasn't selected for the role.
Reportedly, Jean Grey could have been portrayed by Okja star Lily Collins. This wasn't widely confirmed, but a couple of sources close to the movie agree that it was a distinct possibility.
IMDb reports that this Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress was another young star who was considered for the coveted role. No word as to why she wasn't selected.
And last, but not least: Saoirse Ronan! She even kind of looks like Sophie Turner, so we aren't surprised that she was considered for the role, but we all know how that ended!