On a new issue of Entertainment Weekly, we got our first look at Sophie Turner as Jean Grey in the cover. This was not the only prominent piece of information to come out of the issue, as we also got a first synopsis for the film. The synopsis, which can seen below, has a lot of new information, as well as a tease for where the X-Men are heading:
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. “Pride is starting to get the better of him, and he is pushing the X-Men to more extreme missions,” Kinberg says. 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.
The synopsis mentions how a “malevolent, power hungry force” is ignited inside of Jean due to a solar flare, after they’re dispatched into space. This is new territory for the X-Men, at least when it comes to film territory. The synopsis also offer some clarification of how things have gone since the events of ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, as it mentions how Charles is on the cover of Time Magazine. One thing that is certain from the synopsis is that we’re in for a whole new X-Men film experience.
Simon Kinberg is helming the film, this being his first time in the directors’ chair. He has served as a producer and screenwriter for past entries in the franchise, but this will be a new challenge for him in the X-Men Universe. The film features talent such as: James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Alexandra Shipp, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Sophie Turner, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and is set for a November 2, 2018 release.