Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Jessica Chastain in Talks to Play Villain in 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'

Jessica Chastain in Talks to Play Villain in 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'

Additionally, Simon Kinberg is officially in place as director, and the November 2, 2018 release date is also confirmed. He's hoping this film will be more in line with the original Dark Phoenix stories than its previous on-screen adaptation in X-Men: The Last Stand. At the end of X-Men: Apocalypse, to vanquish Oscar Isaac's big purple villain, Jean Grey unleashed an unbelievable power that resembled the Phoenix Force, an obvious set-up for the 2018 movie.

If a deal makes, sources say Chastain would play Lilandra, 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. Reprising their roles will be Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee, along with Jessica Chastain being in talks to star in the film as well.

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The full plot hasn't been confirmed, but the title, and the presence of Lilandra, indicates it'll be the second attempt to tackle the Dark Phoenix Saga, a sprawling story from the '70s run that revived the X-Men as a concept. It is based on the classic Dark Phoenix storyline from Marvel's comic books. Kinberg himself has been involved with the franchise for just over a decade, having written the main installments of the ongoing film series since The Last Stand with the exception of X-Men: First Class.

2018 is set to be a banner year for the X-Universe as Dark Phoenix will cap off the year following Josh Boone's New Mutants on April 13, 2018 and Deadpool 2 on June 1, 2018.

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