Earlier this year 20th Century Fox announced that it has pushed back the release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix to February 2019, with director Simon Kinberg and the cast set to reunite later this year for a round of reshoots.
Speaking to Digital Spy, actress Sophie Turner – who portrays Jean Grey/The Phoenix – played down the extent of the reshoots, stating that: “I think it’s just a few bits and bobs, reshoot-wise. To be honest, I don’t even know what we’re reshooting at the moment. So I couldn’t really tell you much about that one.”
Turner also echoed previous comments from her cast mates that Dark Phoenix will place a much greater emphasis on character and drama, and that its tone is “such a departure” from 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
“This movie is kind of a lot more emotion-based, much more grounded. There are, of course, those supernatural elements, but this one is really character-driven – a really emotional story about a girl battling with a deadly mix of mental health problems and being a superhero. “It’s a movie about struggle and abandonment and not knowing yourself. Yeah, an internal struggling. It’s so, so interesting. It’s such a departure from the last movie.”
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set for release on February 14th 2019 and sees Simon Kinberg directing a cast that includes franchise veterans Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor X), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) and Evan Peters (Quicksilver) alongside new additions Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game) and Lamar Johnson (Kings).