Dazzler will appear in next year’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Teased in last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Dazzler is headed to the big screen! EW has confirmed that Alison Blaire will be featured in a small role in next year’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix. No one has been cast quite yet, but the magazine notes that Taylor Swift is not planning to play the part. The musician was long rumored for a Dazzler cameo after appearing on social media posts from the X-Men: Apocalypse set.
Dazzler first appeared in 1980’s Uncanny X-Men #130 (the second issue of the “Dark Phoenix Saga”). Although the character began as a cross-promotion between Marvel Comics and Casablanca Records. The unrealized plan was to develop a Dazzler movie.
A mutant, Alison Blaire has the ability to generate fantastic display of light. Hiding the fact that she’s the one generating them, Dazzler used her powers to support her music career, quickly becoming a star.
Longtime X-Men series writer and producer Simon Kinberg will write and direct X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which will bring back the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse, including Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler). Actress Jessica Chastain will play the villain of the film, Lilandra. An empress of the Shi’ar Empire, Lilandra leads an alien race that is in search of and eager to eradicate the Phoenix Force. Sophie Turner will reprise her role as Jean Grey in the film, the host of the Phoenix Force and subject of the Shi’ar’s search.
Kinberg will also produce the film alongside Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker. X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to open in theaters on November 2, 2018.
Kinberg previously confirmed that the next X-Men movie would jump ahead ten years from Apocalypse, offering a 1990s setting for the sequel. The X-Men comics saw a commercial boom during the ’90s, following character redesigns by Jim Lee, which went on to be the basis for the fan-favorite animated series.
2018 is set to be a banner year for the X-Universe as Dark Phoenix will cap off the year following Josh Boone‘s New Mutants on April 13, 2018 and Deadpool 2 on June 1, 2018.
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