Next year, Dark Phoenix will adapt the classic X-Men storyline of the same name by Chris Claremont and John Byrne for the second time, following the mixed reception to 2006's adaption in X-Men: The Last Stand. Famke Janssen, who originated the live-action depiction of Jean Grey on the big screen, hopes the upcoming film will do the storyline justice.
While promoting her latest film Archer, Janssen was asked her thoughts about Dark Phoenix, leading to the actor reflect on the 2006 X-Men sequel, which was filled with too many other subplots to give her character's descent into villainy the attention it deserved.
"I’m glad that the Dark Phoenix saga is finally getting its due," Janssen said in an interview with Inverse. "When we tackled it in The Last Stand, it wasn’t given enough time. I remember hearing from fans after we finished the film that they were disappointed that an enormous moment in the comics was given so little screen time. I’m happy for them to give Phoenix the due that she deserves."
After portraying Jean Grey from 2000 to 2006 in the original trilogy, Janssen would briefly return to the franchise in 2013 and 2014, reprising her role as the superhero in small roles in The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past, respectively. With Sophie Turner, who first took over the role in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse, Jean Grey is now the main subject of next year's sequel and, hopefully, the storyline will get the chance to flourish across the big screen.
Written and directed by franchise veteran 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 opens on June 7, 2019.