'Game of Thrones' alum stars in 'Dark Phoenix' in theaters this weekend

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Sophie Turner in “Dark Phoenix.”

Sophie Turner has had a busy couple of months, with the series wrap up of the wildly popular “Game of Thrones,” where she played one of the lead characters Lady Sansa Stark, a Las Vegas wedding to Joe Jonas of “The Jonas Brothers” and now the upcoming release of her latest X-Men franchise film, “Dark Phoenix,” where she takes on the lead role.

In the film, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey (Turner). During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force.

Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain.

With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

According to IMDB Trivia, the film will be set in 1992 and will be the first film that does not reference either Logan/Wolverine or the actor who portrays him, Hugh Jackman.

Other actors starring in the film include: James McAvoy (“Atonement” and “Split”) as Professor Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender (“Shame” and “Steve Jobs”) as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games” and “Silver Linings Play Book”) as Mystique and Tye Sheridan (“Ready Player One” and “Mud”) as Cyclops.

“Dark Phoenix” is the twelfth film in the X-Men franchise with the next film, “The New Mutants” set to release in early 2020.

The film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action including some gunplay, disturbing images, and brief strong language.

Other films set to release at the box office this weekend include:

n “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” directed by Chris Renault and Jonathan Del Val and starring Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Harrison Ford and Patton Oswald. The film will follow the summer 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

This film is rated PG for some action and rude humor.

n “Late Night,” directed by Nisha Ganatra and starring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaliningrad, Hugh Dancy and John Lithgow. Legendary late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.

This film is rated R for language throughout and some sexual references.

The synopsis for each movie is taken from rottentomatoes.com.

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