Simon Kinberg to Direct 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix', Jessica Chastain Might Play the Villain

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 - 7:13PM
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 - 7:13PM
Simon Kinberg to Direct 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix', Jessica Chastain Might Play the Villain
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Every now and then, internet rumors get something absolutely, perfectly correct. Speculation has been swirling for months around about the upcoming main series X-Men movie, which would, it was claimed, bring back the cast from Apocalypse for a space adventure titled Dark Phoenix, directed by longtime series producer Simon Kinberg.

As it turns out, that's all true. According to Deadline, previous X-Men director Bryan Singer is out, instead focusing his efforts on The Gifted's first few episodes, while Kinberg takes the reigns for the crowning jewel of the franchise. While Kinberg has been involved as a producer and writer on nearly every X-Men film from The Last Stand to Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix will be his first directing job. It will also be the first time the movie version of the team heads out into space.

It's probably worth assuming that Dark Phoenix (previously called Supernova), which will bring back the big three cast members from First Class onwards (Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy), is a reaction to what Fox has seen Marvel is doing with the MCU. As Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War launch their heroes into space, Fox seems eager to piggyback on the rise of cosmic superhero movies in whatever way possible.

This likely means a continuation of the playful, cartoonish tone of Apocalypse, meaning that we might have seen the last of the grounded, highly metaphorical stories of the original few X-Men films.

There is one shining piece of good news, though - Jessica Chastain, who played Murphey in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, is in talks to play Lilandra, leader of the alien Shi'ar Empire, and sometimes romantic sparring partner to Charles Xavier.

You might recognize this as the most incredible piece of casting since Fox accidentally signed the future Katniss Everdeen for a multi-picture deal. Chastain brings an air of respectability to the X-Men franchise that it lost with Apocalypse, meaning that maybe, just maybe, this movie might turn out to be more than just a live action version of a Saturday morning cartoon.

Also returning are Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), and Kodi Smit-McFee (Nightcrawler) from Apocalypse. And of course, Sophie Turner returns as Jean Grey, where she'll likely have a big role to play in a movie about the Phoenix force.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is currently scheduled to come out November 2, 2018.


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