Jean Grey Breaks Bad in new Dark Phoenix Trailer
Daenerys Targaryen isn’t the only powerful women breaking bad these days. Over on the big screen, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones very own Sansa Stark!) is having a moment. The powerful telekinetic mutant and longstanding member of the X-Men (X-people) is headlining Simon Kinberg’s new film. This is so much Jean Grey’s film, they even dropped X-Men from the title. A new trailer brings us all the way back to the very first X-Men movie 20-years ago, when Hugh Jackman wasn’t a household name and Charles Xavier’s School for the Gifted was still new to mutants and moviegoers alike. That first film gave us the framework for the X-Men allegory: people fear what they don’t know or understand, and mutants, like refugees or immigrants or any other maligned group, fit that bill.
Jean Grey has figured into all of the X-Men films. Initially portrayed by Famke Janssen, Jean Grey’s abilities were always understood to be massive. They were so potent and uncontrollable, in fact, that she demanded that Wolverine (Jackman) kill her at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Jean was resurrected by Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past when he traveled back in time. This lead to Sophie Turner being able to take over the role in X-Men: Apocalypse as the young Jean Grey.
Dark Phoenix has already plotted its own course by dispatching one of the most beloved X-Men of all. The film follows the result of a catastrophic rescue mission in space. Jean is enveloped in an interstellar force that ultimately transforms her into Dark Phoenix, essentially a goddess of death. This makes Jean a danger to her fellow mutants and humanity itself. Not even Magneto seems capable of harnessing her awesome powers. The newest trailer ties many of the previous X-Men films together with Jean’s transformation into the one force that could destroy mutants and mankind both.
Dark Phoenix blasts into theaters on June 7. Joining Turner are James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler).
Check out the new trailer here: