Fox Sets Simon Kinberg As 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' Director; Cast Announced

20th Century Fox are going strong with their X-Men Universe, with Deadpool 2 all set to go and X-Men: The New Mutants prepping to shoot, all that remains is the elusive X-Men: Dark Phoenix film.

For a while now, it had no director attached albeit some rumours arose of who will helm the project but to avail, and the full cast was kept secret. Well now, some solid news has come out that gives us the details on Dark Phoenix.

First off, Simon Kinberg has been doubly confirmed by Omega Underground and Deadline to be the director of the film, marking his directorial debut. Kinberg has been the main producing body for this franchise and has now stepped up his game by becoming the director of one of these films.

Next up, we have Jessica Chastain in talks to play the Marvel Comics character of Lilandra, who is the empress of an alien empire called the Shi’ar, who leads the quest to imprison and execute Dark Phoenix, leading her into conflict with the X-Men.

Rounding out the cast we have Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee all returning in their respective roles.

The film's production will take place in Montreal, Canada beginning in late June and ending in early October.

The plotline is said to be inspired by the storyline in the comics, where Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) powers are amplified and she then gets imbued cosmic capabilities thanks to the Phoenix Force. Her ascension to a near-God like form puts her relationship with her fellow X-Men in jeopardy as they must find a way to stop her.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set for a November 2, 2018 release.

Source: Omega Underground - Deadline - THR


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