With Sophie Turner heading up the all-star cast of Simon Kinberg's Dark Phoenix, the Game of Thrones star reveals what drew her to the upcoming superhero sequel during a panel at this year's WonderCon.
After she joined the world of Charles Xavier's gifted youngsters as Jean Grey for 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse, Turner already showed a glimpse of her immense mutant powers that hinted at a darker potential direction for the franchise. Between that plot thread and a cast that included Jennifer Lawrence, Alexandra Shipp and Jessica Chastain, Turner said that the female-focused mindset of the film was a big plus to her.
"I think what I loved was the fact that, from a female standpoint, some of the most powerful characters in this movie are women," Turner said, as CinemaBlend noted.
As CBR explained, one of the panel's most well-received moments was during a clip that hinted at a similar notion when Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique told James McAvoy's Professor X that the team should be called the X-Women.
Turner added that the duality of her role as heroic Jean Grey and villainous Phoenix was another draw: "The lead of the movie is a female and she's not only the protagonist but also the antagonist. I loved the concept of that, so that really excited me."
Turner's breakout role came on Game of Thrones, which is a show renowned for its strong female characters. Over the course of HBO's hit show, audiences have seen Sansa Stark grow from a meek child to one of the most powerful presences in the Seven Kingdoms.
Although X-Men: The Last Stand told its own, widely maligned version of the "Dark Phoenix Saga," Dark Phoenix is attempting to adapt Chris Claremont and John Byrne's iconic story again. While Famke Janssen's Jean Grey embraced her disturbed psyche after she seemingly perished at the end of X2, Dark Phoenix trailers tease that Jean's transformation will be more closely linked to its cosmic comic book counterpart, but only time will tell for sure.
Written and directed by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters and Jessica Chastain. The film is scheduled to be released on June 7.