Simon Kinberg to direct X-Men: Dark Phoenix

  • Simon Kinberg to direct X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Simon Kinberg to direct X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Kinberg has also been involved as a producer of X-Men spinoff films, including 2016's Deadpool and the upcoming New Mutants.

Sophie Turner, the Game of Thrones star, who played young Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse, is reprising her role. She becomes imbued by a cosmic energy called the Phoenix Force which results in her abilities dialled to 11.

Fox has finally found a director for X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

The storyline was crudely adapted in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, which was critically maligned and rejected by fans.

Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (Interstellar, The Martian) is reportedly in negotiations to portray the antagonist of X-Men: Dark Phoenix. If the deal will push through, Chastain could be playing Empress Lilandra Neramani, touted to be the main villain of the film. In the Dark Phoenix storyline, the Shi'ar seek out Jean with the desire to eradicate the Phoenix Force due to its destruction of an entire solar system and the genocide that results from the destruction.

"X-Men: Dark Phoenix" is now scheduled for a November 2nd, 2018 release, with Simon Kinberg (writer/producer of the last few "X-Men" movies) taking over as director from series mastermind Bryan Singer. But that, of course, puts her up against the X-Men, who want to protect Jean.

In addition to this, trades like the The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that Jessica Chastain is negotiations to play Lilandra, the film's antagonist. "I won't be Mystique in the X-Men movies, but I would love to be Mystique in Guardians Of The Galaxy", she said. He's best known for writing and producing films in the franchise, including X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Fox is also working on new deals to bring back Fassbender, Lawrence, McAvoy, and Nicholas Hoult.