Jessica Chastain in Talks for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Simon Kinberg to Direct

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Earlier this year it was revealed that the next X-Men movie was likely to be a new take on the Dark Phoenix saga with long-time franchise writer and producer Simon Kinberg hoping to claim the director’s chair for himself. At the time, it was unclear if some of the primary cast members would return since Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy all had reached the end of their three movie deals, leading to talk of another possible soft reboot. Fortunately, it sounds like that won’t be the case and as a matter of fact they’ll be adding another big name to the cast as well. Hit the jump for more details.

According to THR, Jessica Chastain is currently in talks to join the cast of X-Men: Dark Phoenix. She is being referred to as the villain of the film, but that doesn’t seem entirely accurate given that the Phoenix herself is kind of the villain. Chastain would reportedly play Lilandra, the empress the Shi’ar Empire, who is tasked with eliminating the threat that is the Dark Phoenix. In the comics, she also had a romantic relationship with Professor X at one point.

Simon Kinberg is writing the script and now appears to be confirmed as the director of the movie, which is prepping to shoot in Montreal later this year. Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult have all closed deals to return, while recent additions Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan and Kodi Smit-McPhee will be back as well (along with Sophie Turner who is obviously the focus of the film). X-Men: Dark Phoenix is currently scheduled to hit theatres on Nov. 2nd, 2018. Are you happy about how the next X-Men movie is coming together?

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  • 1138sw

    To be honest I’m not sure if I have any interest anymore. Fox doesn’t seem to push the comic envelope with the X-men…I guess the movies really don’t seem fantastic enough. While the franchise as whole is consistently good/not great, the movies for some reason never elevate beyond that of a typical action movie. Is that all the different director’s fault? The studio’s lack of vision or inability to grasp the source material? The applied budgetary restraints especially on the initial trilogy directed by Singer? Not sure where the problem lies, but for me the Fox comic book movies always fall short and never really satisfies.

    Marvel may get a lot of complaints but I do think they do a really good job of capturing the action style of the comic books and recreating the powers of their characters. Fox’s attempts do seem rather pathetic when compared to Marvel to be honest.