Sophie Turner in 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'

Lawrence Kim
December 7, 2017

When Jessica Chastain was cast in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, many fans immediately hoped she would be Lilandra, the Queen of the Shi'ar Empire.

Arriving in theaters on November 2, 2018, X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, Olivia Munn, and Jessica Chastain.

"[The film] was so clear in my head, emotionally and visually, that it would have killed me to hand this to somebody else to direct", director Simon Kinberg told the magazine.

Sophie Turner has never looked hotter. However, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) begins to push Mystique's X-Men team into more risky missions - a decision that leads to the creation of the world-ender known as the Dark Phoenix.

You might want to grab a bucket of water, because the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday, is on fire. But that's giving Xavier a growing ego that's becoming a liability for the team. "Pride is starting to get the better of him, and he is pushing the X-Men to more extreme missions", Kinberg says. A "major twist" occurs halfway through the film, and indeed here we see a funeral attended by Charles (James McAvoy), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPHee), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and Storm (Alexandra Shipp), so who dies? But if one or more of these incredibly busy actors signed a contract to return for just one more X-Men movie, that might make sense. After a solar flare hits the X-Jet, a surge of energy taps into the power-hungry force within Jean: The Phoenix. 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.

"This is probably the most emotional X-Men we've done and the most pathos-driven", McAvoy told EW.

"It's about the butterfly effect of this thing happening", says Jean Grey actress Sophie Turner. "What happens when the person you love the most falls into darkness?"

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