Mutant pop star Dazzler will have a role in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, EW reports.
The character, whose album made a brief cameo in a deleted scene from the '80s-set X-Men: Apocalypse, was long-rumored to be a part of that film, with names like Taylor Swift popping up in conjunction with her.
Per the EW piece, the studio confirmed that Dazzler "will pop up but only in a small role and there is no plan at the moment to have Swift play her."
Dazzler first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #130 in February 1980. She was commissioned by Casablanca Records in the late '70s to be a cross-promotion in the mold of KISS, who had starred in two successful comic book tie-in super-specials by that point. Marvel Comics would develop a singing superhero, while Casablanca would produce a singer who could perform while in character and wardrobe. Marvel's then-Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter wrote a treatment for a feature film based on the character.
She never reached the desired level of popularity to get a movie -- and of course, it probably didn't help that by 1980 her "disco queen" persona wasn't quite as hip as it might have been a few years earlier -- but she's been a regular member of the X-Men universe ever since, with the occasional musical genre-switch and a much-publicized move toward a darker and edgier look in 2014.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be a direct sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse. The film will take place in the 1990s and will be inspired by "The Dark Phoenix Saga," the most popular X-Men story of all time.
Fox attempted to adapt "The Dark Phoenix Saga" once previously, in X-Men: The Last Stand. The attempt was not well-received by fans.
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