While it may be the last film of the current X-Men movie franchise, Dark Phoenix is also shaping up to be the absolute darkest chapter of the series yet.
What’s the Dark Phoenix story?
The Dark Phoenix story is based on Chris Claremont’s iconic 1980s X-Men comic book (specifically The Dark Phoenix Saga).
This new X-Men film sees the team of mutants forced to face one of their own when powerful telekinetic and telepath Jean Grey (Sophie Turner, yes Sansa Stark is back!) is possessed by a powerful extra-terrestrial force.
Jean is manipulated by a mysterious figure (played by Jessica Chastain) with illusionist abilities who turns Jean against her friends. Jean ends up becoming a super-powered menace who even murders one of her own friends.
It’s up to the X-Men to bring her round or take her down before it’s too late.
Who stars in Dark Phoenix?
Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner takes the lead role after previously playing Jean Grey in 2016’s X-Men Apocalypse, with her fellow X-Men from that movie – Tye Sheridan’s Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp’s Storm and Kodi Smit-McPhee’s Nightcrawler – also rejoining the saga.
Dark Phoenix will also see the return of the X-Men actors who’ve starred in the franchise since 2011’s X-Men: First Class, including James McAvoy’s Professor X, Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique and Nicholas Hoult’s Beast.
Dark Phoenix is the third X-Men movie in the current trilogy, and scheduled to be the last X-Men movie to be distributed by 20th Century Fox after the acquisition of the production company by Disney.