Actor Sophie Turner has likened her Jean Grey to Game of Thrones' Sansa Stark in terms of how both characters take a stand in the name of female empowerment.
Turner reprises her role in Dark Phoenix, which sees Jean hit by a solar flare, leading to her Phoenix abilities manifesting in destructive ways. This unravels the X-Men as a family, as Jean no longer wants to be oppressed or controlled, which is a similar arc Sansa took over the last two seasons running Winterfell.
"I'm always drawn to strong, independent women and Sansa and Jean are both that," she said in an HBO interview. "They eventually use all of these terrible things that happened to them and they become incredibly strong women."
Turner's referring to Sansa becoming wiser after her punishment at the hands of the Lannisters, and through her abusive marriage to Ramsay Bolton. This led to her eventually ending the show as Queen of the North, with Turner pointing to Littlefinger as the person who made her cold and cruel -- a parallel she also draws between Jean and James McAvoy's Professor Xavier in the upcoming movie.
"Jean has had Charles Xavier as her mentor figure and teacher, and in this movie there is no trust left. And Sansa on the other hand, [when] she's in Winterfell, Jon and Dany are there and she doesn't want to take orders from them," Turner added. "She's not happy about it, she wants to kind of run her own shit too but she is far more self assured and powerful than Jean is."
Directed and written by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier/Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme/Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy/Beast, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey/Phoenix, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers/Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe/Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver and Jessica Chastain. The film arrives in theaters June 7.