It’s going to be quite the year in 2018 for 20th Century Fox and Marvel with not one, not two, but three X-Men related films set to take over the multiplexes next year as they go full speed ahead into the comic-book world.
One of the films in the glut of those upcoming is X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the new film as part of the “new” X-Men franchise which sees producer Simon Kinberg make his directorial debut. Following the events of X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest entry will try to re-do the Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix saga that was somewhat unsuccessfully brought to the screen as part of 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand.
In that film it was Famke Janssen who played Jean Grey and the actress has been speaking about her experiences with the franchise and says that the original cast (namely her, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, James Marsden and, of course, Hugh Jackman) are probably now finished with the franchise.
Talking at the Denver Comic Con recently (via ComicBook.com), she said:
“That was so amazing. I never knew – I don’t think any of us had any understanding of how popular our first movie was going to be and that it was going to live on for 15 plus years…”
“And then I certainly didn’t realise – I mean I knew Jean Grey could turn into Dark Phoenix, obviously, and that Phoenix rises from the ashes, but the fact that as Jean Grey or the Phoenix they’ve killed me, I’ve come back, I’m like a cockroach. They can’t get rid of me”.
“I think we’re done… but it was really great while it lasted and it lasted for a long time. It’s been nothing but a pleasure working not just as Jean Grey, which was such an honour because comics were so fantastic already, but then the entire cast who I got to play with, all my fellow actors, thespians who are so talented. It was just a wonderful experience. I’m very grateful”.
Sophie Turner returns as Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix for the new film, re-joining James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ty Sheridan and Evan Peters with Oscar Nominee Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane) set to play the film’s villain.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix opens on November 2nd, 2018