Sophie Turner shares details of an on-set altercation she had with a male Dark Phoenix co-star. The 23-year-old actress has a big summer ahead of her with the release of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones - where she plays Sansa Stark - next month, followed by reprising her role as Jean Grey possibly for the last time in the Simon Kinberg-directed Marvel film. But despite playing the powerful mutant in Fox's franchise for a third time now, production wasn't as smooth-sailing, with Turner revealing that she had an issue with one of her cast mates.
Aside from Turner and the newer actors playing mutants such as Tye Sheridan (Scott Summer/Cyclops), Alexandra Shipp (Storm) and Evan Peters (Quciksilver), Dark Phoenix will also see the return of the core actors in the prequel film timeline, possibly playing their characters for the final time, like James McAvoy's Professor X, Michael Fassbender's Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique, and Nicholas Hoult's Beast. Based on Chris Claremont's The Dark Phoenix saga, the forthcoming film will fulfill the promise of Jean Grey fully transforming into the Dark Phoenix teased at the end of X-Men: Apocalypse. This will be Fox's second attempt at adapting the quintessential X-Men comic book arc on the big screen, after the critically-panned X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006.
Speaking with Glamour alongside Game of Thrones cast mate Maisie Williams, Turner opened up about having difficulty standing up for herself. At one point during production for Dark Phoenix, a male co-star, who she didn't name, "walked off set" when it was her time to say her lines, resulting in a writer standing in for him. Jessica Chastain had to talk to Turner and convince her to talk to the actor.
“I actually have a really big problem with not being able to stand up for myself. Especially if I’m arguing against a man. [Dark Phoenix co-star] Jessica Chastain is the one that said it to me, ‘You need to stand up for yourself more! She [Jessica] said, ‘Just go and talk to him, go and say something to him!’ I’m a bit of a shy, pushover person, but I’m getting there, I’m working on it.”
Dark Phoenix's production overall wasn't a walk in the park. The film's release was pushed back a couple of times, ultimately landing a June 2019 roll out. And the cast and crew had to return for reshoots. But nothing personal like this has ever come to light before. One wonders what was ultimately done to address the incident. Based on Turner's account, it sounds like there were a good number of other people around when it happened. Hopefully, things were resolved in a satisfactory manner.
This story will likely pique the interest of many fans, and fuel speculation as Dark Phoenix's release draws nearer. Considering that the movie isn't adding any new actors playing a prominent role other than Chastain (whose villainous role remains a big mystery), the culprit is likely one of the original cast of characters from this prequel timeline. That makes things more intriguing, since Turner has worked with all of them before. Looking at the trailers, it appears that Turner will have interactions with McAvoy, Fassbender and Sheridan - since Jean and Scott's love affair will supposedly play a pivotal part in the narrative. As to which of them it may be, that's anyone's guess at this point. Perhaps Turner will eventually name the actor once the movie is out,
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- New Mutants (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020