20th Century Fox’s Marvel Universe is getting dark next year not just with full-on horror film The New Mutants, but also a proper adaptation of Jean Grey’s “Dark Phoenix” tale.
Via EW today comes your first look at actress Sophie Turner as a fiery Jean Grey in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, directed by Simon Kinberg and arriving in late 2018.
“Set in 1992, about 10 years after the events of last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix opens with the X-Men, including Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters), in a new, unexpected role: national heroes. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) even lands on the cover of Time magazine. But his growing ego puts the team at risk.”
“Pride is starting to get the better of him, and he is pushing the X-Men to more extreme missions,” Kinberg says. After they’re dispatched to space for a rescue mission, a solar flare hits the X-Jet and the surge of energy ignites a malevolent, power-hungry new force within Jean (Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner)— the Phoenix.”
EW notes that the film will be “the most sinister, and somber, chapter in the saga,” with a “massive twist halfway through that will irrevocably change the course of the franchise.”
Jessica Chastain and Evan Peters also star.
Look for Dark Phoenix to light up the big screen on November 2, 2018.