She played a gifted young witch named Hope Michaelson in “The Vampire Diaries” spin-off, “The Originals”, and she’ll be playing a powerful mutant next.

We’re referring to Summer Fontana, the 8-year-old actress who will be starring as the young Jean Grey in “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”. We already know that Sophie Turner will reprising her role as the teenage Jean Grey, so it’s interesting to note that “Dark Phoenix” will be going back even further in time.

Jean Grey
Source: TeenStars

Director Simon Kinberg had previously expressed that the storyline (which is set in the 1990s) will be featuring a flashback to Jean Grey’s childhood and a potential look when the powerful mutant first showed her powers. Although we’ve seen glimpse of Jean Grey’s origins in “X-Men: The Last Stand”, the events in “X-Men Days of Future Past” pretty much erased most of what took place.


IMDb first revealed Fontana’s casting in “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”, but it was the young star’s recent tweet that further cemented the circulating rumour. The actress posted a photo of herself in Montreal, the exact location where filming for “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” is currently taking place. Since the movie is adapted from the “Dark Phoneix Saga”, it makes sense to explore how Jean Grey first unlocked her abilities.

“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” will debut on 2nd November 2018.

Source: Screen Rant/ Featured image: TeenStars.

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