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Published On: Sun, Sep 30th, 2018

Sophie Turner talks Jean in ‘Dark Phoenix’ and Jessica Chastain’s character

Just as the first trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix arrives, star Sophie Turner discusses the role of Jean a chat with IGN, teasing the film with director Simon Kinberg.

First up was the motivations of Jessica Chastain’s mysterious character.

“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.”

The footage teases the history of Charles (James McAvoy) suppressing this power or urge during Jean’s childhood.

“Everyone seems to hate Charles in this trailer and blame him for everything. One of the main things with Jean throughout this movie is her abandonment. She’s been kind of abandoned by everyone she loves or comes across and Charles is the biggest one of them all. So she feels a lot of betrayal from Charles and she does a lot of things out of spite because of that.”

Kinberg talked about the relationship between the two.

“There are not a lot of flashbacks in the movie,” said Kinberg. “But that foundational relationship between Young Jean and a younger Charles is one of the core themes of the film.”

“Charles has been hiding secrets about Jean’s past from her that get revealed over the span of the movie, and only make her more unstable,” say Kinberg. “It’s the most inopportune time for this character to become unstable emotionally, because she’s becoming unstable in a much different way after this cosmic thing that happened to her in space.”

Turner will be joined by the cast from X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse: McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Evan Peters.

One new addition to the cast is Jessica Chastain, playing a shapeshifter who manipulates Jean. The new footage reveals how McAvoy’s Professor X/Charles help Jean suppress Jean’s darker impulses in her childhood.

Dark Phoenix arrives in theaters June 7, 2019.

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