To prepare for her return as Jean Grey in the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Sophie Turner took the time to study schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. She’s mentioned the role is “very personal” to her that it needed a lot of research.
“Once I got the script through, I realised that not only were we telling this amazing superhero story, but we were also telling a very personal story as well. One which required research into mental health issues because that is a big part of what drives the story.
I mainly drew inspiration from multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia, as it really is about duality, this movie. Darkness and light – that’s all within her. This sense of her being a completely other persona and struggling with that. I kept saying to Simon, ‘Oh good, that’s nearly done. Now I only have, like, seven huge emotional scenes to go. It was a real challenge.”
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be Simon Kinberg’s directorial debut, having only written and produced in the X-Men the franchise before now. Sophie has praised him by saying:
“I have to say he’s one of the best directors I’ve ever worked with. He’s so passionate and collaborative.”
And speaking to the Empire magazine, she said:
“Simon has been the brain behind ‘X-Men’ for years and it’s really exciting to have what feels like one of our own rise up and take hold of the franchise and direct it in the way that he sees it.”
After X-Men: Apocalypse disappointed fans, many are hoping this will be a return to form for the franchise. Choosing Sophie to helm that saving grace is smart – she’s enormously popular among Game of Thrones fans and she did a fine job as Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse.
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