Tye Sheridan, who debuted as Scott Summers/Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse, has been chatting about this next appearance in Fox’s mutant-stuffed, Marvel-inspired universe. Sheridan will reprise the role of Cyclops in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which will put the powerful potential of Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey right at the forefront of proceedings.
In a new interview, Sheridan has said this about Jean’s journey in the film, Scott’s interpretation of it, and what the tone of X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be like:
“Jean goes crazy in the movie, well, Cyclops doesn’t think she’s going crazy; Cyclops just thinks she’s gotta work some stuff out. It’s interesting, the drama in the movie. We treated this movie as much more of a drama versus a superhero film.”
It’s interesting to hear that the dramatic elements are playing a large role in the film. Despite the fact that segments of the movie are believed to take place in space, the interpersonal developments sound just as important as the blockbuster spectacle. It’s rather refreshing to hear that, especially after the CGI weightlessness of X-Men: Apocalypse made the film feel highly unengaging.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix was directed by Simon Kinberg, with X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer departing the franchise. Kinberg, oddly enough, has already adapted the ‘Dark Phoenix’ arc from the comics into a film: he contributed to the screenplay for the 2006 movie X-Men: The Last Stand, which explored the dark force lurking within Famke Janssen’s version of Jean.
Here’s hoping that Kinberg’s second bite of the Dark Phoenix cherry is more enjoyable to watch than his first. Focusing on the dramatic elements certainly sounds like a promising direction to take.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix has a UK release date of October 31st, 2018.