A whole lot of new characters are going to be introduced in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The X-Men first started appearing in comic books in 1963. Since that time there have been numerous films and animated appearances covering just a handful of the many stories told in the comics. With so many years of history and so many characters to choose from, there are no shortages of stories to be adapted to other formats. Yet some of their stories are so popular that they are revisited over and over again. One of those stories is 'The Dark Phoenix Saga'.
Jean Grey, already one of the most powerful of the X-Men, becomes even more powerful as Phoenix, but the power eventually turns her evil. The story was told not only in X-2 and X-Men: The Last Stand but also in animated form -- both in the popular 90s cartoon X-Men and again in Wolverine and the X-Men. But now that the live action films have been rebooted, 'The Dark Phoenix Saga' is getting yet another treatment, in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
While the story is centered on Jean Grey, there are plenty of other characters involved in the saga. There will be a number of characters returning from earlier films, but there will also be plenty of new ones showing up. The Hashtag Show just released a list of casting notices for several new characters, and there are a number of possible theories among them.
[HIROSHI] Male, Early- Mid 20s, Japanese, brash Tokyo punk kid with an attitude. Although Hiroshi is young, he can command the attention of a room and is always ready for a fight. Must be able to speak English fluently, but open to an accent (could be Japanese, British…)…LEAD. We are looking for an actor who is actually Japanese for this role.
[SHANE]Male, 16, actor must be an adult (18 or over or legally emancipated minor), Caucasian. A cocky, handsome kid with swagger. He is strong and doesn’t back down easily, so he can come off as an insensitive bully at times…LEAD
[COLIN] Male, 16, actor must be an adult (18 or over or legally emancipated minor), Caucasian. Handsome, but not arrogant. Always willing to help a friend in need no matter what it costs him. Although he is sensitive, he is not a pushover and will stand up for what he believes…LEAD
[BRITTANY] Female 18 to play younger (15-17) Caucasian. Very attractive, charismatic and confident. Possibly a bit edgy with a fiery personality, Brittany is a born entertainer. Strong singing skills are a plus, but not mandatory. SUPPORTING
[REDMOND] Male, 50s-Early 60s, open to all ethnicities. An affluent, big, stocky, ruddy American. Not necessarily fit, just physically imposing. Powerful, arrogant and blunt, Redmond is not used to being challenged and steamrolls anyone who opposes him…SUPPORTING
[LUCCA]Male, 40s-50s. Brazilian. Ruthless and cunning, will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Must be able to speak English fluently, but can have an accent…SUPPORTING
[JACK]Male, Late 40s-Early 50s, British, open to all ethnicities. Handsome, charismatic and masculine. Jack is very self assured, almost cocky, but too cool to show it. Even in the most tense situations, he never shows fear…SUPPORTING
[LUNA]Female, Mid-Late 20s, open to all ethnicities. Beautiful, could possibly have a severe look. Luna is intense and exudes a sense of power. Although she is a commanding presence, she is also slightly unhinged….SUPPORTING
[WILLIAM]Male, Early 50s, Caucasian. A grounded, earnest middle-aged man. William carries a heaviness and a deep sense of sadness with him…SUPPORTING
[CHARLOTTE]Female, Early-Mid 30s, Caucasian. A caring, warm mother. Charlotte can be stern at times, but she just wants what is best for her child…SUPPORTING
[HAMILTON] Male, 12 years old, open to all ethnicities. Chubby, sweet, innocent and genuine. Although he frequently gets picked on, he never lets it get to him …SUPPORTING
[HOOVER] Male. 30s-40s. Open to all ethnicities. A man with a very strong presence, Hoover is an incredibly smart and ultra serious intelligence officer. SUPPORTING
[SCARLET] Female. 20s. Open to all ethnicities. Very beautiful and fit. She is powerful and never backs down from an argument. Role requires a good deal of action/movement. Actresses with major dance, parkour, gymnastics or martial arts training are a huge plus. Should not be afraid of heights and must be comfortable in a wire harness. *Please note specifics of training on submission. SUPPORTING
[MARIE] Female 6 years old (to play 6 or younger). Caucasian. An old soul trapped in a little girl’s body. Marie is a strong, but conflicted child who does not like to share her feelings. There’s something a bit eerie and haunted about her. MUST be able to show a wide array of emotions with ease. SUPPORTING
It is worth noting that not all these characters are necessarily going to be mutants. Some are most likely humans with no powers. If that is the case, those characters often need protecting, but also often target mutants can be dangerous in their own ways.
Several actors have already been rumored to be joining the cast, including Angelina Jolie and Jessica Chastain. There are a handful of female characters on this list who are around the same ages as both actors -- though there is the possibility that there are more new characters than just these.
While it is unknown at this time how many new characters are original and how many are from the books, there are certainly a great number of possibilities for these new characters. Depending on how closely the script for X-Men: Dark Phoenix follows the comics, some might not even be from this planet. With the movie already filming, the true identities of these characters -- and the actors playing them -- should be revealed soon.
Source: The Hashtag Show
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018
- New Mutants (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020