Simon Kinberg will officially helm the next installment in the X-Men franchise, which will feature a number of familiar faces.
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We’ve known that a true sequel to last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse has been in development for a while now, but the only thing that was known about the project was that it would adapt the Dark Phoenix story arc. Now, it looks like the movie has not only landed a director but has also found most of its principal cast.
Deadline is reporting that Fox has tapped Simon Kinberg to direct X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Kinberg will take over directing duties from franchise veteran Bryan Singer. The film will also see the return of James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Bryan Singer will serve as a producer alongside Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker. Filming is set to commence in Montreal.
In addition to this, trades like the The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that Jessica Chastain is negotiations to play Lilandra, the film’s antagonist.
Although this will be his first time in the director’s chair, Kinberg is no stranger to the X-Men series. He co-wrote the screenplays for X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse, and also served as a producer on multiple films in the franchise.
Dark Phoenix joins a slate of X-Men films that includes Josh Boone’s New Mutants and David Leitch’s Deadpool 2.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will hit theaters on November 2, 2018.