X-men ‘Dark Phoenix’ Gearing Up

A few months back it was revealed that the next X-men movie, suspected to have another crack at the Dark Phoenix saga from the comics, was getting ready to start filming soon. It looks like that is really true as a few key details have been announced. It seems Simon Kinberg who has served as a long time producer and co-writer of several of the X-men movies is set to make his directorial debut with this film. Another announcement was that James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult have all signed on to reprise their roles of Prof. X, Magneto, Mystique and Beast respectively. It was also announced that Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to play the villain of the film. There’s a lot of info to sift through here so I’ll go in order.

Firstly with Simon Kinberg cutting his directors teeth with such a huge project. It’s slightly concerning it’s unknown what sort of director he’ll be. It is reassuring that he’s been around these movies for so long and had a very hands on role. He knows this universe, and obviously has ideas of where he wants it to go. I guess it’s good for a director to be passionate about the project they’re undertaking and I could imagine that at this stage of his career these movies are where Kinberg passion lies. I think I’m just talking myself around on someone whose never directed anything before.

Next is the McAvoy, Fassbender, Lawrence and Hoult news. This is interesting since all of their contracts were finished after last year’s X-men Apocalypse. All four of them are much bigger stars now too since they first signed on to X-men First Class so getting them to re-up can’t have been cheap. I think it’s great news mostly because of McAvoy and Fassbender, since First Class they have played their roles phenomenally and I can’t wait to see them come back and see where their characters go next. Despite this casting news however, returning cast members from Apocalypse are Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp and Kodi Smit-Mcphee who play Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm and Nightcrawler respectively. All eyes are going to be on Sophie Turner since she will encompass the Dark Phoenix so let’s hope she’s ready to take that on, I’m sure she’ll be great though. Interestingly there was no mention of Evan Peters reprising his role of Quicksilver who was a personal favourite of mine in the last two movies. Hopefully he does end up reprising his role and there isn’t any sort of timing conflicts or anything stopping that from happening because his presence would be missed.

Finally is the news that Jessica Chastain is in talks to play the villain, an alien empress named Lilandra who seeks to imprison and execute the Dark Phoenix. Everybody knows Jessica Chastain is a world class actress so locking her in to the cast can only elevate the already impressively talented cast. The interesting thing here though is for years, fans of comic book movies have fancast Chastain as Poison Ivy for a DC movie, and with a Gotham City Sirens movie in the works that will feature the character in a major role, people were expecting her to be in the running for that. It’s not out of the question though since next year alone, Josh Brolin will be playing both Thanos in Avengers Infinity War and Cable in Deadpool 2 so there will be precedent she does end up in the running for Poison Ivy.

What are your thoughts on this new X-men movie? Are you psyched or don’t you care? Let ,even know in the comments. Thanks for reading and until next time, take it easy. 

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