Fox’s seventh main X-Men film has been a thing of mystery for quite some time, it being focused on the Dark Phoenix saga and arriving in November of 2018 the only things that were really known. Now it seems a lot more is known.
Brian Singer is out as director as previously reported and producer Simon Kinberg has been formalized as the director for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, according to Deadline.
Reportedly Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan and Kodi Smit-McPhee are all returning for the new film. While the younger actors were seemingly always a given for the film, at least Turner since she is Jean/Phoenix, the fate of McAvoy, Hoult, Lawrence and Fassbender had always been a question.
That’s because all of their contracts had expired after last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse and there were many questions about if Fox would be able to or would want to resign them all seeing as all of their profiles had gone up considerably since 2011’s X-Men: First Class, meaning they would likely cost more to sign back.
Also reportedly Jessica Chastain is in talks to join the cast as the main villain, the alien Shi’ar Empress Lilandra.
Kingberg is of course a name likely familiar to many fans of Fox’s X-films since has worked as a writer and producer behind the scenes over the years starting with 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand all the way up to the recent Deadpool and the upcoming films like New Mutants.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set for a November 2, 2018 release.