Just like it’s namesake, the X-Men’s Phoenix is rising from the ashes again in 2018 as the franchise attempts to do justice to the Jean Grey storyline for Fox’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Information about the film has been kept close to the vest as it moved forward but now the first look at Sophie Turner as Pheonix and more has been revealed.
Entertainment Weekly has shared the first look at Turner as the firey intergalactic entity on their upcoming issue cover for a story where they also share various new photos and some snippets of information about the film.
Unlike X-Men: Last Stand, the previous film that tried to adapt the Phoenix storyline, Dark Phoenix is sticking closer to the original Phoenix comic storylines. EW’s story reveals that just like in the comics the X-Men head to space in the film for a rescue mission which leads to a solar flare hitting the X-Jet in the process. Jean does her best to try and save the team but the giant surge of energy ends up unlocking the Phoenix within her.
Among the shared photos is one that fits recent reports that one of the many characters in the film will not make it all the way to the end. In the photo Professor Xavier (James McAvoy), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) stand together in mourning.
“I would call Dark Phoenix a drama,” Jennifer Lawrence said in a quote accompanying the photo. “We have really great action scenes and we go to space like within the first five minutes of the movie. So it’s definitely exciting but emotionally all these characters are taking the biggest, most extreme dives than they have in the whole series.”
While Jessica Chastain’s villain character is still being kept a secret identity-wise, previously many believed she was playing Empress Lilandra but that was debunked, there is now some information about her character. Her character is described as an “otherworldly shapeshifter who manipulates Phoenix for her own agenda.”
“Simon and I were talking about the character and I said, ‘I keep thinking of the vet who tells you you need to put your dog down,'” Chastain said. “There’s something very clinical about it.”
X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars McAvoy, Chastain, Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Shipp, Turner, Sheridan, Smit-McPhee and Lamar Johnson.
The film is set for a November 2, 2018 release.