Now that “Game of Thrones” is over, we’ll start to see it’s stars move on to other projects. If you ask experts who has the highest potential for great things post “Thrones”, it’s like they’ll tell you it’s Sophie Turner.
The 23 year old, English actress, has the looks, talent, and personality to succeed after the completion of one of television’s most beloved stories, but Turner is not only the first member of the cast to step into the spotlight after the show has wrapped, but also has a complicated project to sell to audiences that could determine what her future looks like.
“Xmen: Dark Phoenix” opens this week, and the FOX project, which now falls into Disney territory after the sale of the former to the latter (story HERE) is facing an uncertain run.
Coming off of an underwhelming “Xmen: Apocalypse” film, it’s unclear if audiences will continue to spend their money into what is turning into an expensive summer at theaters. The “Dark Phoenix” saga has already had a mixed outing after the 2006 finale of the last Xmen franchise and this release follows “Avengers:Endgame” and “Shazam”, two movies audiences and critics alike adored.
There is also a question of the future of the Xmen franchise under Disney. Is this a lame duck Jean Grey that Turner is stuck playing? The future of all of these characters is in question and that sentiment was present during production.
It’s not all bad though. This cast can act. In addition to James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender reprising their roles as Professor X and Magneto respectively, “Dark Phoenix” is adding Jessica Chastain in an unknown role. When the “Molly’s Game” actress is on her game, she can swing a film in the right direction on her own.
Turner has two more projects “in the can”, but “Dark Phoenix” will set the tone for not only the future of Marvel’s most memorable mutants and the life of the “Thrones” cast after the completion of the show, but her own career as well. We’ll have to wait for the film’s reception to see if that’s a fair measuring stick to do so with.