Ever since it was announced that Jessica Chastain would be joining the cast of Dark Phoenix people have been wondering who exactly she is playing. There are plenty of rumors but over at IGN star Sophie Turner talked a little about the character and the kind of dynamic she is going to share with Jean Grey.
“It’s an interesting one and I don’t want to spill too much about it but basically Jessica’s character is very interested in this power that I’ve kind of acquired and this cosmic force that I have and she kind of wants that force to use it for her own — she has her own intentions with it and she kind of wants to use that. And she nurtures me in a way to make me kind of trust her.”
There are a lot of fan theories about Chastain’s character but Kinberg went on to deny one of them outright.
“I will say that Jessica’s character is not Mastermind but there are elements of the way Mastermind manipulates Jean that Jessica’s character does employ,” Kinberg explained. “For me, as you’ll see, that Jessica’s character has elements of a few different characters from the comics.”
What he did confirm is that Chastain is not human but didn’t say exactly what alien race she is. Kinberg also went on to talk about how much of this movie movie is going intergalactic and how that was something they weren’t able to do in previous movies.
“She is from, let’s say, not our planet, her character. I’ll keep it relatively mysterious but it is a cosmic story in a way that is extraterrestrial, which is something we’ve never done in the X-Men movies before but is obviously something that is integral to the Dark Phoenix story so I felt we couldn’t’ do what we did on X3 and ignore that. We had to actually embrace it. So there’s a fair amount that takes place in space, and the inciting incident that starts to turn Jean, let’s say, dark and fill her with this power that she can’t control happens in space. And then there are forces from space that come to Earth because of that.”
So who do we think Chastain is playing? There is a decent chance she could a combination of a couple different characters and motivations. It wouldn’t be that surprising considering the X-Men movies often do their own thing when it comes to telling stories rather than basing them strictly off of comics at least when it comes to specific details.
Summary: Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn it into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.
Dark Phoenix, directed by Simon Kinberg, stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult. It will be released on February 14th, 2019.