Last year, X-Men: Days of Future Past brought mutants together from the original X-Men franchise, and from the 2011 prequel X-Men: First Class. Next year, fans will be introduced to more younger versions of iconic characters in X-Men: Apocalypse, with Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Jubilee (Lana Condor), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Nightcralwer (Kodi Smit-McPhee). While discussing his new indie film The Stanford Prison Experiment, Tye Sheridan offered some insight into his Cyclops character, played by James Marsden in the original trilogy. When asked how his version of Cyclops is different than previous iterations, the actor had this to say, in an interview with IndieWire.
"It's quite similar actually. It's a nice progression with the roles I've played in the past. It's forced me to use everything I've learned playing all the characters I have. My character is angry and a bit lost, which I feel like is where I've met a lot of my characters -- in these sort of young life transitions where they're struggling to figure things out about themselves. He's now learning about being a mutant and trying to handle his superhero powers. The arc for the character is really cool for me -- it's not like I'm just stepping into it and I'm a superhero and it's cool and all that with the suit. You kind of see the progression of this character -- where he comes from, what he has to overcome and where he goes at the end of the film. It's a great arc."
At just 18 years of age, Tye Sheridan already has an impressive body of work, starring in critically-acclaimed films such as The Tree of Life, Mud, Joe and the upcoming Dark Places. X-Men: Apocalypse marks his first foray into a major blockbuster, and the actor revealed there is no other franchise he would rather be a part of. Here's what the actor had to say below.
"I never even imagined that I would be in the position I am now, or even the industry I am in now doing films and acting. It still hasn't set in. I'm still waiting for reality to come crashing down on me. There's no franchise I'd rather be a part of and doing sort of as my first foray into larger budget stuff than X-Men. When you go back and look at all the movies -- the history of X-Men is so rich and the characters are so rich and they have such depth, and there's such depth to the stories. I feel like most franchises and superhero films don't have that. I think that's why this franchise is not just special to me, but also just so special in general. I'm so lucky and grateful to be a part of."
Tye Sheridan is just one part of a very large ensemble cast in this superhero movie. Along with the younger cast members who are introduced in this movie, the actor is joined by Oscar Isaac, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult. When asked about working with this diverse cast, Tye Sheridan had this to say.
"You can't even begin to comprehend what working with this cast is like. I remember shooting for the first week, getting off for a week, and then coming back and they were shooting with Oscar Isaac and Michael Fassbender, and it hits me that I'm really going to be working with the greats. I came back from having a week off and it's my first scene to shoot withJames McAvoy,, and let me tell you something -- James McAvoy, is my idol! We get along great, and I've told him how big of a fan I am, but just to even be working with him -- just to meet him and talk to him is amazing. But having a scene where I'm one on one with him -- my god, it's insane! We were shooting in the X Mansion and I walk on set and there's 300 people on set, everyone's walking, it's like being in the heart of New York City or something, there's a hustle and bustle. I walk in and I look down and I'm standing on the X of the X Mansion and that's when it really settled in like, 'Shit, I'm in an X-Men movie!'"