'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' Director Talks Jean Grey's Transformation

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Most folks believe in second chances, and that includes Simon Kinberg and 20th Century Fox. Audiences saw a similar storyline in 2006's The Last Stand, when Famke Janssen portrayed an adult Jean, but the screenplay sidelined Grey's subplot and the film wasn't well-received. The film also stars Michael Fassbender and Evan Peters and opens in theaters on November 2, 2018.

The concept art that appeared in Entertainment Weekly speaks to Turner's starring role in her new film. Here are the first images, beyond that glimpse of the magazine cover above.

Writer-director Simon Kinberg explains that Xavier puts the team on more and more risky missions, culminating in a space rescue mission gone awry, where a solar flare awakens Jean Grey (Sophie Turner's) dark inner force, the Phoenix.


"I kind of f-ed myself", Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly. The team's latest mission sends them into outer space - where they're hit with a solar flare that awakens a powerful, and power-mad, force within Jean. Jessica Chastain will also play a shapeshifter that meets Phoenix. However, Chastain is rocking the silver locks. Dark Phoenix, her own spinoff movie partially based on the comic by Chris Claremont, gives an even deeper look at her character's uncontrollable, and sometimes destructive, telepathic abilities. If Chastain is not Lilandra, might this indicate that Simon Kinberg envisions this as a two-part story? Whatever it is, it helps make Dark Phoenix the "most emotional" and "most pathos-driven" X-men movie, according to McAvoy.

Considering this is without doubt the worst of the worst of X-Men movies, and this is arguably the best X-Men storyline in the comics, we're pretty delighted to see this reboot.

Lamar Johnson of The Next Step has joined the cast in a mystery role and the mutant Dazzler will reportedly play a part in the film.


Dark Phoenix is, well, dark as evidenced by this photo of Charles (James McAvoy), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Storm (Alexandra Shipp) mourning something or somebody.

Lastly, it's important to realize that this will be the X-Men's first film with an intergalactic angle to it.


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