In the modern age of superhero movies, Famke Janssen is most definitely a legend. She was among the young actors who director Bryan Singer brought together for the very first X-Men movie back in 2000, and she continued playing the part of Jean Grey off and on for 14 years. To hear Janssen tell it, however, it seems that her tenure as the character may be over. She recently said,
It’s the gift that keeps on… kept on giving. I think we’re done, but it was really great while it lasted and it lasted for a long time. It’s been nothing but a pleasure working not just as Jean Grey, which was such an honor because comics were so fantastic already, but then the entire cast who I got to play with, all my fellow actors, thespians who are so talented. It was just a wonderful experience. I’m very grateful.
ComicBook.com acquired these quotes from a panel at Denver Comic Con, where Famke Janssen was in attendance as a guest. Discussing her tenure in the X-Men franchise, she had nothing but nice things to say, but also dropped the news that she believes her time playing Jean Gray might be over.
Famke Janssen was one of the stars of the entire original X-Men trilogy, and had a very small part in The Wolverine, but it looks like her swan song will be 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past — where she cameoed at the end playing an alive-and-well Jean Grey living in the future of the newly-created timeline. Since then, the franchise has not only continued its run of 20th century stories with the 1983-set X-Men: Apocalypse, but also went as far as to recast Jean Grey. Going forward, the role will be played by Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner, who will reprise the part in 2018’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
Famke Janssen’s quotes make it sound like her time in X-Men movies is done, but they also suggest that she would also be happy to say “yes” if she were to be invited back. Given the franchise’s history with sci-fi weirdness and time travel, one wouldn’t think that a surprise appearance from future Jean Grey would be off the board completely — especially when the character is going to be such a crucial part of the aforementioned X-Men: Dark Phoenix (pulling off a proper adaptation of the comic arc of the same name). We’ll just have to wait and see.
For now, fans can enjoy all of Famke Janssen’s past work in the X-Men franchise, as X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Wolverine, and X-Men: Days of Future Past are all available on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital. Would you like to see her come back? Hit the poll below with your thoughts and the comments section with your explanation!
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