Famke Janssen Says She Received “Radio Silence” When She Offered To Return As Jean Grey In The New ‘X-Men’ Films

Famke Janssen Says She Received "Radio Silence" When She Offered To Return As Jean Grey In The New 'X-Men' Films

The X-Men are mostly rebooted, with the new batch of films doing some loops around the timelines, so both young and old Charles Xavier and Magneto can appear in the same film, while Wolverine is eternal (granted, it’s a trait of the character). However, characters like Mystique, Storm and Nightcrawler and others have been given a younger coat of paint, and the actors who previously played them have exited the series. However, Famke Janssen, the franchise’s former Jean Grey (who will now be played by Sophie Turner in "X-Men: Apocalypse") has noticed a curious trend when it comes to the decision making behind which mutants get refreshed, and which don’t.

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“I’m actually really excited about it [seeing Turner’s performance],” she told EW. “And its not the first time obviously that it’s happened. In the X-Men series, they’ve been doing this for years. Although women, it’s interesting because they’re replaced, and the older versions — or more mature, whatever the politically correct version of that is – are never to be seen again. Whereas the men are allowed to be both ages. Sexism. I think that I should be back along with my younger version and the way that we’ve seen it with Magneto and Professor X.”

It’s an interesting observation, and Janssen hasn’t just sat on the sidelines — she’s actively offered to return to the series in a substantial way. “Yes, I have [asked]. I have not heard any feedback on that, other than total radio silence,” she said.

However, it should be noted that along with Rebecca Romjin and Halle Berry, she did make a brief cameo in "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" as well as in "The Wolverine." 

But the larger question is, are the filmmakers emphasizing the younger, rebooted version of the female characters for reasons that don’t need to be elaborated? It’s Hollywood, so it wouldn’t exactly be alarming if that was the case.

Listen Janssen’s thoughts and share your comments below.

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But she was in Days of Future Past. She had the same screen time as James Marsden, whose Cyclops is also being rebooted.


Damn bring Janssen back, what an amazing Jean Gray, such a beautiful lady, I’d rather see an x-men with the oldies than with the itty-bitty new hollwooders


I’m not saying that there’s no sexism in the film industry but in this case I don’t see it. Actually it seems the men have been recast equally to women.
Beast, Archangel, Nightcrawler, Cyclops, Colossus (if you count deadpool)

Where as the women who have been recast are
Storm, Mystique, Jean Grey, and Jubilee (even though she wasn’t in the movies much before) and apparently Psylocke (though I don’t actually remember her in The Last Stand)

They are trying to reboot the movie so they’ve recast almost all the roles with younger cast. Not just women. In Thai case.


This Film is gonna Tank. Have seen two trailers – And NOTHING, absolutely nothing is in the trailers which has piqued my interest. Heck, I’d go and watch the so-called trainwreck Batman v Superman than this.


P.S. Maybe I’ll chew my words after I see the movie, but yeah.


If you recast Cyclops, okay maybe you can recast Jean Grey. I prefer continuity with the cast, but I can see the appeal of a refresh. The refresh for won’t entice me to go to theatres to see this though, the original cast would. I like Famke as Jean Grey and now I feel nostalgic.

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