Marvel has been having a moment lately, and Dark Phoenix will be no exception.
Hot off her character's win in the Game of Thrones finale, Sophie Turner finds herself at the helm of another franchise. Dark Phoenix is a story about Turner's character, Jean Grey, and her decision about whether to go dark or not.
It's been three years since the last X-Men movie, Apocalypse, so this film has been highly anticipated. Of course, all of the X-men movies are based on the Marvel Comics franchise.
Some of the actors in the film have a strong resemblance to the comic book characters while others have an entirely different look.
Sophie Turner as Jean Grey/Phoenix
Sophie Turner was cast in the role of Jean Grey because of her ability to humanize the character. The telepathic mutant is one of the original X-Men and has been played by Famke Janssen in the original X-Men movies and will now be played by Turner in X-Men: Apocalypse. In Dark Phoenix Jean Grey is exposed to a mysterious energy force on a mission to space that makes her powers intensify. The overwhelming power she experiences causes her to go rogue.
James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier
Professor X is the leader of the X-Men, and he teaches all of the mutants at his boarding school how to control their powers. In X-Men: The Last Stand, a future Charles Xavier and Magneto, played by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan, meets a young Jean Grey. She has some of the strongest mutant powers of telekinesis and telepathy.
Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver
Evan Peters plays the quick witted mutant Quicksilver who has super speed. Peters' rendition of the character was first seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past. One viral scene was a fan favorite moment from X-Men: Apocalypse in which we saw Peters moving at warp speed along to "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)."
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique
Raven or Mystique is a shapeshifting mutant with the ability to transform into anyone, but her true form is blue-skinned with red hair and snake-like eyes. She met Charles Xavier as a child and the two bonded over their differences; Xavier had the ability to read minds, so they became each other's adoptive siblings.
Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe/Storm
The character of Storm was originally portrayed by Halle Berry, but the younger version of the mutant is played by Alexandra Shipp. Storm or Ororo has the ability to control lightning and electricity. Storm is one of the bravest X-Men, and her strength lies in her tenacity. She looked up to Mystique, one of the original X-Men, and joined the group because of her.
Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler
Smit-McPhee's Wagner originally was a part of the group that turned against the X-Men in Apocalypse, but, now he is a student at Xavier's school. After he realized that his partner was fighting on the side of evil, he joined forces with the X-Men along with Storm to defeat their true enemies.
Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto
Magneto or Erik Lehnsherr is Charles Xavier's best friend, but they had a rocky beginning. Magneto teetered on the edge of good and evil and struggled to fight alongside the X-Men for the greater good. He has the ability to control anything magnetic. Originally he was portrayed by Ian McKellen, and then in the revised timeline Michael Fassbender took on the younger version of the character.
Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers/Cyclops
In order to control his powers, Scott Summers or Cyclops must always wear specialized glasses. He is able to shoot an optic beam from his eyes, and originally he had difficulty controlling it. Summers and Jean Grey have a romantic relationship that starts as an innocent crush. From the Dark Phoenix trailer, it's clear that Grey's transition to evil plays a toll on Tye Sheridan's character.
Jessica Chastain's character remains a mystery, but some fans have theorized that she'll play either Cassandra Nova Xavier or Lilandra Neramani of the Shi'ar.
Chastain plays the villain in Dark Phoenix, but her character identity is being kept highly under wraps. Some fans have theorized as to who she might play, and the two most likely options are Charles Xavier's evil twin sister Cassandra Nova or an otherwordly alien from the intergalatic empire the Shi'ar named Lilandra Neramani.
From the trailer it's clear that whatever mysterious force impacts Jean Grey was caused in part by Chastain's character.