Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner will be at the heart of the next X-Men movie. Her character Jean Grey will go on a devastating arc that fans know will end in the shocking Phoenix storyline from the comic books.
The rebooted franchise has been warmly received so far, but still not completely convinced fans.
The film makers promise that Dark Phoenix will be “the most emotional X-Men we’ve done and the most pathos-driven.”
One of the main stars warns: “There’s a lot of sacrifice and a lot of suffering.”
The new edition of Entertainment Weekly has Tuner on its cover in all her fiery gory.
It’s not just her hair that is flaming, her character is transforming into the terrifying Phoenix after a shocking accident hits the X-Men team.
EW reports: “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 says: “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.”
The dramatic trip into space and subsequent devstating transformation promise to deliver blockbusting spectacle and heartbreaking emotion.
EW adds: “Phoenix will feature some of the series’ biggest set pieces to date, including the X-Men’s first trip to outer space. It’s also the most sinister, and somber, chapter in the saga and includes a massive twist halfway through that will irrevocably change the course of the franchise.”
James McAvoy says: “This is probably the most emotional X-Men we’ve done and the most pathos-driven. There’s a lot of sacrifice and a lot of suffering.”
The movie becomes a fight for Jean’s soul as Phoenix threatens to overtake her mind and divide the X-Men, particularly Jean and her mentor, Charles.
Turner adds: “It’s about the butterfly effect of this thing happening. What happens when the person you love the most falls into darkness?”