We’re heard a lot about New Mutants lately, and we’ve heard a lot of about Deadpool 2, but weren’t there three X-Men movies being lined up for release next year? Oh yes, there were. The third one has been billed as Dark Phoenix, a continuation of the X-Men story established in X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse that will, you guessed it, feature a new spin on the classic X-Men story “The Dark Phoenix Saga.” Well breaking news, a major Hollywood media outlet is reporting that the saga is on, and they have revealed who all will be a part of it.
According to Deadline, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult will reprise their roles as Professor X, Magneto, Mystique and Beast, whom they’ve all played since the relaunch of the X-Men franchise in 2011’s First Class. New X-Men Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee will return from Apocalypse as Storm, Jean Grey, Cyclops and Nightcrawler respectively. No word on Evan Peters who played the fan favourite Quicksilver in Days of Future Past and Apocalypse.
As to the new additions, Deadline is reporting that Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to join the cast in an unknown role. The director, as previously reported, will be Simon Kinberg. Kinberg has been overseeing the X-Men universe since First Class as a producer, and he wrote the scripts for Days of Future Past and Apocalypse, but Dark Phoenix will mark his directorial debut. Deadline says that 20th Century Fox has “formalized” their arrangement with Kinberg, which seems to indicate that the only thing left is for Kinberg to do is sign on the dotted line. Production on Dark Phoenix will begin sometime later this year in Montreal.
Dark Phoenix is currently scheduled for release on November 2, 2018. It will be preceded by New Mutants on April 13, and Deadpool 2 on June 1. We’ll have more details on this project as they become available.