Dark Phoenix’ starring Sophie Turner
Sophie Turner is on fire. Literally.
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.
In the new film, which takes place in 1992, the X-Men are no longer shunned outcasts, but national heroes. The team’s latest mission sends them into outer space – where they’re hit with a solar flare that awakens a powerful, and power-mad, force within Jean.
And you thought Sansa Stark had it rough.
As you might expect, this has very dramatic consequences for our mutant heroes. 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.
Kidding aside, though, this one does look like it packs a punch. It’s based on a comic book storyline so nice, the X-Men film franchise has done it twice – first in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, and now in Dark Phoenix.
This time, it’s being directed by the guy who co-wrote the last time, Simon Kinberg. And he promises to do it justice, after years of bemoaning the fact that The Last Stand reduced the arc to a mere subplot.
“[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,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
Alas, you’ll have to wait a while to find out exactly what that vision is. Dark Phoenix, which also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Jessica Chastain, won’t be in theaters ’til November 2, 2018.