Exclusive: ‘X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX’ Adds Kota Eberhardt, Scott Sheperd; Evan Jonigkeit and Gregg Lowe In Talks to Return

A couple of months ago we gave readers an exclusive look at character breakdowns for Fox’s next X-Men installment, X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Among the many new characters being added to the mix was a character codenamed “Luna” (we guessed that character may be the Savage Land mutate known as Lorelei) and we now have word that Fox has filled that role. Kota Eberhardt, a model who recently began her film career in The Persian Connection, has landed the role of “Luna”!

With such a huge cast of new and returning stars, it’s unclear how large of a role Eberhardt’s character could play, but Eberhardt certainly seems to fill the description from the original breakdown:

[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

Actor Scott Shepherd (The Young Pope, Jason Bourne) has also joined the cast in the role of Dr. John Grey, the father of Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey. Adrian Hough previously played the role of Dr. Grey in X-Men: The Last Stand, the third film of the original trilogy whose timeline was rewritten in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

In addition to adding Eberhardt and Sheperd, Fox is also in talks with two actors to return to roles in which they briefly appeared in 2014’s  X-Men: Days of Future Past. Actors Evan Jonigkeit and Gregg Lowe, who appeared as Toad and Ink respectively, are in negotiations to come back to those roles.

The return of Toad seems to support our belief that the film will see Magneto assembling a version of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants while Ink is a character who we could imagine going either way and one might wonder if his Phoenix tattoo could somehow come into play in the film.

Stay tuned for more on X-Men: Dark Phoenix and keep your eyes peeled for more casting announcements confirming our character breakdowns!


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