Most of the principal cast of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse will be returning for its followup, X-Men: Dark Phoenix. One of those returning cast members will be Olivia Munn, who will be reprising her role of Psylocke.
During a recent interview with Collider to promote her new film The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Munn spoke a bit about working on the next X-Men film, where she might have accidentally revealed that the film is a bit bigger than we expected. When asked if she was currently working on Dark Phoenix, the actress said:
“I don’t know what I’m supposed to say. I’m supposed to be vague. That’s my answer. I’m horrible at that. It’s like a two-parter, this movie. That’s more than I’ve said, in general. I don’t know why people have to be so secretive.”
A two-parter? Is Munn referring to the fact that this will be her second time in an X-Men film, so it’s like a two-parter for her, or is Dark Phoenix really the first of two films? Might the first film take its cues from “The Phoenix Saga” storyline from the comics, while the second part adapts “The Dark Phoenix Saga” arc?
Munn also spoke about working with writer/producer Simon Kinberg, who will be making his directorial debut with X-Men: Dark Phoenix:
“I love Simon Kinberg. He’s such a visionary. We’re all so close. Anytime that you’re working on a project where everyone hangs out and they’re close, it’s a breeding ground for great content and a great experience. I think Simon is gonna kill it. He’s gonna do such a fantastic job with it. When I came on, he pitched me to be Psylocke, and I didn’t know him until I worked on that movie, but you see how everyone is friends and they hang out. It’s really cool! I just filmed a role in Josh Duhamel’s movie (The Buddy Games), up in Canada. He wrote, directed and is starring in it, and it’s the first film he directed and wrote. He got a bunch of his guy friends to be in the movie, and it was one of the most fun experiences. I’ve never worked on something where it’s another actor’s passion project. It’s interesting ‘cause you see how, when the director is also the writer and it’s a passion project, everybody steps up. Working with Simon, as a director, has that similar thing. It makes it more fun because everyone just steps up, a little bit more.”
Directed by Simon Kinberg, X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy/Beast, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summer/Cyclops, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Monroe/Storm, Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver, Olivia Munn as Psylocke and Jessica Chastain.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is currently slated to hit theaters on November 2nd, 2018.
8 X-Men Characters Who Deserve Their Own Movie
So it’s probably safe to assume everyone here has seen Logan? Well, based on how well it did in the box-office I think 20th Century Fox is taking notes. Now that they have both Deadpool and Logan under their belts, I’m sure they will be bringing more X-Men characters to the big screen as soon as possible.
There are so many great X-Men arcs to choose from, but I think focusing on personal stories and fewer characters is a way to ensure the movie connects with an audience. Mutants were originally composed as a metaphor for the Civil Rights movement, and that issue is still very much so alive in our society. I’m not saying every movie needs to be political, but they all have the potential to be about so much more than destruction and boss battles. Fox focuses on smaller, personal stories that show mutants in a different light. Sure they can kick ass, but let’s make sure they always feel like real people, as Logan did.
Hit Next to see the eight mutants I think Fox should bring to the big screen next!