X-Men: Dark Phoenix continues to take shape as they are deep into principal photography in Montreal. They have added a few new characters into the X-Men universe but have also brought back a few mutant veterans as well. Also, Jessica Chastain is in the building and launched the first shot across the bow to Xavier’s James McAvoy.
First, That Hashtag Show is reporting that Kota Eberhardt has been cast as Luna, who is being described in a casting notice as, “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.” Another addition will be Dr. John Grey, who will be played by Scott Shepherd (The Young Pope) this go-around as the character last showed up in X-Men: The Last Stand (but we won’t talk about that). No word on who Luna is exactly, although let’s assume we can rule out Luna Maximoff, who is Quicksilver and the Inhuman Crystal’s daughter in the comics, as that would not be age appropriate and Inhumans are probably off limits considering Marvel’s use in the TV sector. Luna’s powers were being able to read and manipulate one’s mental state, not unlike Mantis of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
We also will be seeing a couple of old faces in the new film, with reports that Evan Jonigkeit and Gregg Lowe will be returning to the franchise from their Days of Future Past roots. For those unfamiliar, they played Toad and Ink, respectively, so it looks like Kinberg might be looking to bring back the Days mojo versus the Apocalypse mess. Perhaps Magneto will have a new crew with him to begin his mutant Brotherhood?
Lastly, Jessica Chastain joined her fellow castmates earlier in August and left this tongue-in-cheek message on Instagram for James McAvoy. We’re just going to have to assume she’s got her eye on Xavier via her former The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby co-star.
Chastain’s Lilandra looks to be a mighty adversary for Professor X and the rest of his X-Men. We’ll find out how mighty on November 2nd, 2018 when X-Men: Dark Phoenix arrives in theaters.
Images: 20th Century Fox
Source: That Hashtag Show