The next X-Men movie, Dark Phoenix, as the title suggests will interpret the Dark Phoenix Saga, which is one of the most acclaimed and iconic storylines in the X-Men comics. The storyline was written by prolific X-Men writer Chris Claremont and John Byrne and originally ran from 1976 to 1977 in Uncanny X-Men.
The last time the Dark Phoenix storyline was adapted for the big screen was back in 2006 in the Brett Ratner-directed film, X-Men: The Last Stand. But, unfortunately, the film failed to do justice with the storyline.
During a recent interview with Inverse while promoting Asher, actress Famke Janssen, who originally portrayed the character of Jean Grey corrupted by the Phoenix Force in X-Men: The Last Stand, opened up about the shortcomings that plagued the movie.
Janssen said her X-Men film didn’t give the story enough time and the attention it deserved, which ultimately led to its failure. She said she’s hopeful that the upcoming Dark Phoenix film, starring Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, will correct those mistakes.
“I’m glad that the Dark Phoenix saga is finally getting its due,” Janssen said. “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.”
Janssen’s latest film Asher shows her playing the role of a ballet instructor who falls in love with a Brooklyn hit man played by Ron Perlman.
Written and directed by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain.
The film is set to debut in theatres on June 7, 2019.
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