Nicholas Hoult decided to return to the role of Hank McCoy (Beast) in the X-Men movies because he was specifically interested in the story arc his character would have in Dark Phoenix.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the premiere of The Current War, Hoult said that X-Men: Dark Phoenix takes the character of Beast in new directions:
“It’s very different for Beast this time, and that was part of the appeal of doing the movie for me. Simon Kinberg who wrote and directed this time had great ideas for where he wanted the character to go, so I was excited.”
It seems like this is a fairly standard, “filler” remark to explain why an actor wants to return to a franchise after their contract expires, but it’s at least more informative than “I’m doing it for the fans”, and it suggests that Beast will get a larger role in the movie. However, if Beast is ultimately just a supporting character, then it wouldn’t be the first time this has happened within the X-Men film series.
Hoult’s remarks can be seen below:
X-Men: Dark Phoenix rises on November 2, 2018. The film stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier (Professor X), Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto), Sophie Turner as Jean Grey (Dark Phoenix), Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers (Cyclops), Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff (Quicksilver), Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy (Beast), Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler), and Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe (Storm). Jessica Chastain will also appear in the movie in an unspecified role.
‘X-Men’: How Fox Can Get A ‘Dark Phoenix’ Film Right This Time
Nowadays, you can’t blink without news of a superhero film hitting the web. As we are in the age of the superhero film, we must remember that not that long ago a film based on a comic book property was almost laughed at. Now, superhero films are the billion dollar mega-blockbusters we all know and love. Sure, superhero movies have existed before the ones that are now dominating the box office, but the entire genre almost got a big adrenaline shot with 2000’s X-Men coming out and giving us an earnest adaptation of our favorite mutant superheroes. Since then, there have been 10 movies within Fox’s X-Men universe alone, with 3 new films coming in 2018 and at least 3 more in development.
While not all the X-Men film has been sure hits, they have done some great course-correcting in the newer movies, starting with First Class. The prequel/reboot films gave Fox the opportunity to reset some of their faults from some of the early films (looking at you X-Men: The Last Stand). And Days of Future Past helped correct some of their timeline snappoos and gave us some much-needed closure on the earlier X-Men films. With X-Men: Apocalypse, we were introduced to a young Scott Summers and a young Jean Grey. With the reintroduction of Jean Grey and the great final act of X-Men: Apocalypse, it looks like we might possibly be getting a proper Dark Phoenix storyline on the horizon. Last year, we here at Heroic Hollywood broke the news that a Dark Phoenix movie was in development.
Lucky for us, Fox is moving forward with the movie and X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to hit theaters November 2, 2018. This gives them the rare opportunity to “get it right.” Because let’s face it, X-Men: The Last Stand did not do the story of the Dark Phoenix justice. The third film of the original X-Men movies as a whole was not well put together. The film tried to juggle too many storylines and did not really give each of the separate stories their justice. By giving the Dark Phoenix angle another look, Fox has the chance to do some course correcting. Here are some ways X-Men: Dark Phoenix can succeed. Click Next to take a look…