The X-Men franchise, which began in 1999, has been rebooted and reset and with its last entry (X-Men: Apocalypse) shifting the focus to a new, younger group of X-Men, fans are hopeful that some of the great arcs from the comics might be given an opportunity to see the big screen. One such arc is the Dark Phoenix saga. Though it was already done in the original X-trilogy, fans of the comics would almost certainly agree that it was not done justice. Those hoping to see the story given a proper treatment can, with some trepidation, look forward to the next X-Men team film, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is preparing to shoot this June in Montreal.
Though the title of the film portends that Jean Grey, now played by Sophie Turner and last seen using the Phoenix Force to fricassee En Sabah Nur, will be the lead, we can be sure that it will follow the adventures of the new team of X-Men. When X-Men: Apocalypse ended, Jean, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Quicksilver (in some very comic booky uniforms) were being trained by Beast and Mystique under the watchful eye of Charles. While it’s reasonable to assume that team will be the focus of the film, it’s also not going to be a new X-Men film if it doesn’t add to the mythology. With that in mind, here are the character breakdowns for a slew of new additions set to hit the screen when X-Men: Dark Phoenix premieres November 2, 2018:
[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
[PRESIDENT ANDERSON] Male or Female, 50s-60s, open to all ethnicities. A powerful, strong and positive leader with a commanding presence and voice. An honest leader and good role model, they are truly committed to making the world a better place. When pushed, they know they must make difficult decisions to keep the people safe…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
UPDATED [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
[DR. CLARK] Female, 40s-60s, open to all ethnicities. Grounded and professional, she specializes in working with children. Dr. Clark has years of experience, and it takes a lot to disturb her…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
Now that represents a significant addition to the already large cast, but many of them are listed as supporting and we don’t expect all of those to be mutants. Every X-Men film has some group of humans that fills up some screen time before getting killed or betraying the heroes, so expect this to be no different. We do, however, find a few of the new additions very interesting and, as we do around here, thought it would be fun to speculate as to who some of these new characters could be.
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