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Fox has formalized plans for Dark Phoenix, the next installment of the X-Men franchise. This all just happened, but they’ve set Simon Kinberg as director (long rumored), and the studio set a release date of November 2, 2018. Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee are all reprising when production begins in Montreal.

At the same time, Jessica Chastain is in talk to join the cast as the main villain, Shi’ar Empress Lilandra.

Kinberg is producing with Bryan Singer, Hutch Parker and Lauren Shuler Donner. This is a huge moment for Kinberg, who gets his turn behind the camera after serving as a creative backbone for the X-Men franchise films since writing 2006’s X: Men: The Last Stand; he wrote and produced X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse. He is making his directorial debut, but knows the mythology like the back of his hand. Kinberg has been a producer on the spinoff Deadpool and its currently shooting sequel, as well as X-Men: The New Mutants and X-Men: First Class.

Source : Deadline


If X-Men director Bryan Singer gets his way, a stand-alone Mystique movie starring Jennifer Lawrence could actually become a reality.

Jennifer plays Mystique (aka Raven), the shape-shifting, side-switching mutant in the X-Men franchise, including latest instalment X-Men: Apocalypse, which gives her a central role.

Bryan told Empire magazine: “I think she’s right for [a standalone], whether it’s Jennifer or not.

“She has this different view of the world: Xavier can get into Cerebro and look at the world but he’d rather just teach classes and see the beauty of mutants and humans co-existing in his mansion in Westchester.

“Along comes Raven with a reality check on the state of the world. It opens up a lot of avenues.”

X-Men screenwriter Simon Kinberg put the idea out there two years ago, when he told Entertainment Weekly: “I love what Jen Lawrence has done with Mystique, and I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo.”

Whether Jennifer Lawrence is keen for the role remains to be seen.

The movie, however, may not have Bryan himself at the helm. He is planning to take a step back form X-Men – though not forever.

X-Men screenwriter Simon Kinberg put the idea out there two years ago, when he told Entertainment Weekly: “I love what Jen Lawrence has done with Mystique, and I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo.”

Whether Jennifer Lawrence is keen for the role remains to be seen.

The movie, however, may not have Bryan himself at the helm. He is planning to take a step back form X-Men – though not forever.

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