Tye Sheridan Explains How Dark Phoenix Will Differ From Previous X-Men Movies


Not many actors get the opportunity to work with a true auteur behind the camera, let alone several. Tye Sheridan is a performer who’s earned his leading man status though and as such, has had the chance to collaborate with several of the industry’s best, including Jeff Nichols (Mud), Steven Spielberg (Ready Player One), and Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life).

He recently reprised his role as Scott Summers for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which completed production in Montreal late last year. The start of a new X-Men trilogy, we won’t get to see the Apocalypse follow-up until February of 2019, but that didn’t stop Cyclops himself from discussing the latest mutant blockbuster. During an interview with Collider, Sheridan disclosed how Dark Phoenix will differ from previous X-Men films, saying:

“Everyone was on the same page with the idea that we were approaching it as much more of a grounded drama versus a superhero movie.”

The Ready Player One star further went on to examine the current state of superhero cinema and explained how Dark Phoenix will break the mould.

“Something that’s getting old with those universes and all the Marvel movies is that they all look the same and they’re all doing the same thing. We really wanted to shake it up, in that sense, and take a different approach to this. Simon Kinberg, who wrote the past three X-Men, directed Dark Phoenix, and I’m super, super excited about it. I think it will turn out well and that it will be a different X-Men than we’ve ever seen before, so that’s exciting.”

Bryan Singer’s closing film in the First Class trilogy failed to build upon Days of Future Past’s massive success, and with Fox having botched the Phoenix story arc before, it isn’t exactly a surprise that the studio has opted to take its time with Dark Phoenix, placing it in a year-long post-production phase. While the pending Disney subsidiary has yet to announce a reason for the delay, it’s believed that the cast could not be assembled in time for the picture to complete reshoots and keep its November 2nd, 2018 release date.

We’ve yet to see anything of substance from X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which has been pushed back to February 14th, 2019, but let’s hope the film appreciates with time.

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