The iconic Dark Phoenix saga is finally getting the film adaptation it deserves, and star Sophie Turner debuted the first trailer when she joined James Corden on Wednesday's Late Late Show.
Dark Phoenix, the latest offering in the tumultuous X-Men franchise, reunites some of the biggest stars for an explosive, action-packed epic tale of psychic mutant Jean Grey (played by Turner) and her descent into darkness.
James McAvoy (Professor Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Alexandra Shipp (Storm) and even Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) reprise their roles as the powerful mutants who must team up to prevent a world-threatening catastrophe.
With the retro-Americana vibe of the franchise's best installments (First Class and Days of Future Past), this thrilling and emotional tale of raw power's effect on innocence brings an insane level of star power and acting chops to add a level of realism and humanity that many other superhero movies could only hope for.
Also worth noting is the brief shots of grieving X-Men at a funeral (implying some characters might actually meet their grisly demise) and a very brief shot of Beast and Mystique (played by former flames Hoult and Lawrence) sharing an emotional moment. With any luck, this take on the legendary Dark Phoenix saga will give fans of the comic what they desperately wanted after the lackluster 2006 adaptation in X-Men: The Last Stand.
Here is the official synopsis for Dark Phoenix:
"In DARK PHOENIX, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite -- not only to save Jean's soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy."