Dark Phoenix: Your first look at 2018's incendiary X-Men movie

Dark Phoenix: Your first look at 2018's incendiary X-Men movie

That's her burning up on the cover of the new Entertainment Weekly, giving us our first look at next year's X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

As the holidays near, 20th Century Fox has delivered a gift of goodies to X-Men fans. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Simon Kinberg and producer Hutch Parker discussed Jean Grey's transformation and the scale of the upcoming film.

"I would call Dark Phoenix a drama", Lawrence continues. In outer space for a "rescue mission", they encounter a powerful solar flare that ignites Jean Grey's (Sophie Turner) full power and awakens the cosmic force known as Phoenix. Jessica Chastain will also play a shapeshifter that meets Phoenix.

The film, set in 1992, will feature the X-Men as true superheroes, world-famous after their defeat of Apocalypse in the last film. However, Chastain is rocking the silver locks. If Chastain is not Lilandra, might this indicate that Simon Kinberg envisions this as a two-part story? That was when Turner first tangled with her role-a teenage Jean Grey with backcombed hair and shoulder pads. "Duh!' Then they offered me the movie, and I was like, 'Goddammit!'" "Acting-wise it was the best experience I've had [on these films]", she said.




Dark Phoenix is the follow-up to 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse, which saw a new young mutant cast introduced into an '80s set.

Actor Jennifer Lawrence has played Mystique/Raven Darkhölme in three films, debuting in 2011's X-Men: First Class.

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. Star James McAvoy describes Dark Phoenix as "probably the most emotional X-Men we've done and the most pathos-driven", which is definitely not the same exact thing every star says about every superhero movie they're involved with.

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. That suffering is nearly certainly going to come at the hands of Jessica Chastain's villain - Lilandra, Empress of the Shi'ar Empire. She was portrayed in the film by actress Famke Jansen. Kinberg also reveals in the cover story that he asked for a longer post-production period than usual to "deliver on the nuance of the visual effects", which is great news. That means it is now before the events of the original X-Men, a change instituted by X-Men: Days of Future Past. The Canadian PM made worldwide waves when he publicly supported refugees after the current US government tried to deny Syrian ones who had been granted entry into the U.S.

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