X-Men’s Famke Janssen says sexism stopped her from coming back

The Jean Grey actress says women are replaced with younger actors

X-Men’s Famke Janssen has blamed sexism for why she hasn’t returned to the recent X-Men reboots.

Starring as Jean Grey in the first three X-Men movies in the 2000s, Janssen has yet to be asked to return to play an older version of the character.

Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner is set to play a younger Jean Grey in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Famke says the move is all down to sexism.


“In the X-Men series, they’ve been [bringing back older characters] 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.”

Patrick Stuart and Sir Ian McKellen played Professor X and Magneto in the original movies, with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender playing the younger versions. All four starred in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

She continued. “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.”

X-Men: Apocalypse is set to be released in cinemas on May 19.