‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’: James McAvoy Teases Shaving His Head In Preparation For His Role As Professor X

X-Men: Dark Phoenix James McAvoy

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is officially a go and James McAvoy, who has played the younger version of Professor Charles Xavier for the last three X-Men films, posted a brief video on his Instagram page teasing the shaving of his hair. As everyone knows, Professor Xavier is bald, and McAvoy, having had his hair intact for the first two movies, is committing to this role by chopping off the locks.

Along with the video, McAvoy also posted a caption, which you can read below.

He approaches. #charlesxavier#xmen#darkpheonix

He approaches. #charlesxavier #xmen #darkpheonix

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Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Simon Kinberg, who has been one of the primary producers on the X-Men movies, will be taking over from Bryan Singer as director. X-Men: Dark Phoenix has been in the works for quite some time now and we’re only now getting casting confirmations, one that includes Jessica Chastain possibly joining the film as the leader of the Shi’ar empire and primary villain of the film.

Directed by Simon Kinberg, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will star Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Kodi-Smit McPhee, and Alexandra Shipp.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be hitting theaters on November 2, 2018.

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‘X-Men’: How Fox Can Get A ‘Dark Phoenix’ Film Right This Time

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Dark PhoenixNowadays, 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…

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Mae Abdulbaki

Mae Abdulbaki

Mae Abdulbaki is an entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. She's a geek, a lover of words, superheroes, and all things entertainment.