Twentieth Century Fox has revealed a few more details about X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The studio confirmed the characters who will return in the anticipated follow-up to last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse. The director who will helm the movie has also been revealed.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix Cast
The upcoming movie will follow the events of last year’s Apocalypse which saw Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) realize the full extent of her power. Details about the adaptation are being kept under wraps, but this week the studio gave fans a hint at what to expect when the movie gets released next year.
Among the details divulged by Fox is the X-Men: Dark Phoenix cast. The movie will include James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier/Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr/Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Henry “Hank” McCoy/Beast, Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe/Storm, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers/Cyclops, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler and Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, reported Comicbook.com.
The film is also expected to add a few more characters. According to an earlier leak, the studio is currently in the process of casting a young Rogue, a character previously played by Anna Paquin.
Meanwhile, Jessica Chastain is reportedly in talks for the role of Princess Lilandra, a villain and the leader of the alien race Shi’ar Empire.
If the Academy Award-nominated actress signs up, she will reunite with McAvoy. Both starred in the movie The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. This will also be her first major role in a superhero movie.
The Shi’ar played a big role in Dark Phoenix, the comic book series that inspired the upcoming movie. The alien race eventually appeared in other comic book series over the years, but this is the first time that they will be introduced on the big screen.
Their involvement also signals the beginning of the studio’s exploration of Marvel’s cosmic universe. The franchise previously loosely adapted the Dark Phoenix story in X-Men: The Last Stand (which was later retconned) but, unlike the comic book series, the movie did not include aliens.
The move follows the Marvel Cinematic Universe which will also go cosmic as the Avengers with the Guardians of the Galaxy battles the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Infinity War.
Passing the Torch
The studio also confirmed that Bryan Singer will step away from the franchise to pursue other projects. His IMDB page lists Bohemian Rhapsody, a movie chronicling the events leading up to Queen’s appearance at the Live Aid concert in 1985, as one of his next features. The filmmaker directed X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: Days of the Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse.
Instead, Simon Kinberg will helm X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Kinberg has been a writer and/or producer on several X-Men movies including last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse and this year’s Logan. He also sat as an executive producer for Legion, an X-Men spin-off for television starring Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast) as David Heller, son of Professor X. He is also involved in X-Men: The New Mutants and Deadpool 2.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be his directorial debut.
The Early ’90s
Meanwhile, a new report confirms that the upcoming superhero movie will continue the trend of its predecessors. The events of X-Men: Dark Phoenix a.k.a. Teen Spirit will be set in 1991.
The timeline of the X-Men franchise is quite confusing despite the studio’s attempts to reboot the story. While fans have known for a while that the new movies take place in the past; McAvoy and Fassbender play young versions of Professor X and Magneto after all. This confirmation, however, provides a great anchor as to where in the franchise’s timeline it occurred.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be released on Nov. 2, 2018.
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