The 7th installment of the X-Men franchise is on the hunt for fresh blood. Wanting to ensure that the prequel X-Men: Dark Phoenix captures the magic of the inaugural series while bringing something fresh to the table, Omega Underground have reported that 20th Century Fox and Marvel have been conducting auditions for a fresh batch of actors to play superheroes that we know. And others who would only be familiar to readers of the comic books.
Since it was announced that the title would open on November 2, 2018, speculation about the involvement of old participants has floated around as Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner returns as a younger Jean Grey from her involvement in X-Men: Apocalypse. From what we can glean so far, it appears the studio has no use for 34-year old Anna Paquin. Who played Marie/Rogue beginning in 2000 all the way until 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past.
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Although the timeline from Paquin's last feature had many in the audience confused as the younger preludes mixed with their older, original counterparts, Fox and Marvel appear to be going back to the future with some raw talent they can utilize for a decade or more. This is what Omega Underground had to say about what they uncovered, but it must be noted that no studio official has confirmed the news to date:
"We've uncovered a couple audition tapes for three actors vying for new roles in the film," the website explains. "They include Australian actor Rarmian Newtown (The Family, Dance Academy) for Shane, young Canadian-American actress Alexa Swinton (Billions) for Marie, and Irish newcomer Paul Mescal for Sam. These might be placeholder character names for the audition process and we’ve seen a similar process in television casting as well. The dates on the videos suggest they've been auditioning new actors since March, if not for longer."
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Those names listed might not explicitly mention the superhero aliases, but those who understand the subject material will draw a connection between Newton's Shane as Shane Shooter and Mescal's Sam as Cannonball. These individuals are front and center of the New Mutants extension of the X-Men world, leading into a potential crossover with Deadpool.
But alongside Turner, Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) and Alexandra Shipp are expected to play earlier versions of those Marvel icons for the 2018 edition. X-Men: The Last Stand might have made a complete hash of the Dark Phoenix saga, so this is their chance to right that wrong.
Source: Omega Underground