‘Dark Phoenix‘ is slated to adapt one of the most well known X-Men story arcs of all time and now Sophie Turner is sharing a bit as to what we can expect in the upcoming Fox film. One of the difficult aspects this film has is the lack of a real emotional connection that readers had with the comic. With Fox’s ever-changing X-Men cinematic landscape, it has been hard to develop that with the current set of actors. Not only that, but fans of the franchise mostly still have a bad taste in their mouth from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ which already tried to tell this story and wasn’t able to do it justice – and that was with a Jean Grey that fans were more invested in at the time.
As a huge fan of Turner’s work on ‘Game of Thrones,’ I am hoping that director Simon Kinberg can use the actress to her full potential, but I just worry that there won’t be the connection for moviegoing audiences that the comic lovers will have. When we jump into the world of the X-Men this time around, things have changed from the last feature film as according to Turner:
“Jean is a teacher at Xavier’s School for the Gifted and Scott, and I are in a steady, very loving relationship. Charles and I? You saw that connection in the last movie, he’s tapped into her power. And she’s in a very secure place in her life which is why everything goes haywire when this cosmic force arises.”
One of the fun aspects of the story arc is that it also delves into the cosmic. This is one of the many areas which ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ failed to explore but we’ve seen is a huge plus in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
“It’s something we haven’t done in the X-Men universe before. It pushes the boundaries, it raises the stakes, and it’s really cool to take it a completely different direction because all of the X-Men movies are on the ground or a villain starts shit. It’s very intense and exciting.”
It isn’t clear how much of the source material Turner is a fan of, but she made sure she knew enough about what the upcoming adaptation would mean to fans before even finding out what it would be:
“Yes a lot of pressure. I knew Simon [Kinberg, writer, and director] was taking me out to lunch and he sits me down and tells me it’s Dark Phoenix, and I’m like ‘fuuuuck.’ I know it’s one of the most loved stories of the X-Men universe and for Simon to trust me enough with this responsibility is a big honor. And I want to do the fans of the original story justice, and of course, there’s a lot of pressure especially having been done before. Simon would tell you that it was a B-plot of the movie and he felt it had to be the main plot of the movie.”
Being the focus of an entire film is going to benefit the story, however, it’ll still be a tough one to pull off.
Are you looking forward to ‘Dark Phoenix’? Do you feel that Scott and Jean will be in the right place to help tell this story when it is released? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘Dark Phoenix’ will rise in your local theaters on June 7th, 2019!
Source: Comic Book