X-Men’s Alexandra Shipp, aka Storm, promises dark and faithful take on Phoenix arc

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Mar 26, 2021, 9:00 AM EDT (Updated)

The next entry in the X-Men film franchise, Dark Phoenixis based on the famous comic book arc that sees Jean Grey lose control of her powers. Following the pattern set up by the current crop of X-Men films, Dark Phoenix is set a decade after Apocalypse — which places it firmly in the 1990s. So what should fans expect from one of the biggest X-Men stories in history?

SYFY WIRE caught up with star Alexandra Shipp (aka Storm), and though she couldn't say much, what she could offer was promising. She said new director Simon Kinberg, who has been a producer and writer on several previous X-Men movies, brings the perspective and respect only a "fellow nerd" can dish out: "It's definitely a darker world. A lot more is going on at this point. I can't say too much, but what I can say is that, as a fan of the X-Men franchise, I know a lot of people are going to be happy with how accurate this one is." 

Shipp went on to note that the script for Dark Phoenix "stays true" to what she thinks X-Men fans are looking for in these films: "Now that [Kinberg] has a little more control, he is able to really allow this X-Men world to flourish."

The actress went on to describe Storm as a "dream role," noting she's been cosplaying the weather-powered mutant for years: "[As a kid] I liked dressing up as her. I liked pretending I had powers. I like pretending I have powers now!" Sadly, it takes a fully staffed VFX team to pull off all that flying and lightning-tossing, so Shipp will have to settle for playing Storm on the big screen for now. She joked: "I would really love to control the elements. Are you hot right now? [Waves hand.] Now you're not, because I just gave you a cool breeze."

X-Men: Dark Phoenix will star Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, and Jessica Chastain. The film is scheduled to hit theaters November 2, 2018.

Shipp can next be seen in the comedy horror flick Tragedy Girls, opening October 20.