Earlier today, it was officially confirmed that Simon Kinberg will write and direct X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the followup to last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, for 20th Century Fox. Adapting the iconic Dark Phoenix Saga from the comics, the sequel will focus on Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey as she struggles to control and is corrupted by the Phoenix Force inside of her. Kinberg, who has been involved as a writer and producer with the franchise since X-Men: The Last Stand (the first X-Men film to try to tackle the Dark Phoneix Saga, and it failed miserably), will be making his directorial debut with Dark Phoenix.
X-Men: Days of Future Past and Apocalypse director Bryan Singer (who also, of course, kicked off the entire franchise in 2000 with the first X-Men film) took to his Instagram today to share an image of himself and Kinberg as he officially passed the torch to the new director. In fact, he actually used the hashtag #torchpass.
Here is the image Singer shared:
Production on the film is expected to take place from the end of this month through early to mid-October in Montreal. Kinberg will also be producing Deadpool 2 and X-Men: The New Mutants for Fox.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be written and directed by Simon Kinberg, who will also produce the film with Hutch Parker and Lauren Schuler Donner. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi-Smit McPhee and Alexandra Shipp have all been confirmed to reprise their roles. Jessica Chastian is reportedly in talks to play the film’s villain, Lilandra, Empress of the Shi’ar Empire, who attempts to imprison and execute Dark Phoenix, leading to a conflict with the X-Men.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is currently slated for a November 2nd, 2018 release.
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