The next film in Fox Studio's X-Men franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix is in the works and they are looking to a big name to fill a villainous role, Jessica Chastain (The Help).
Already set to reprise their roles in the X-Men Universe are Jennifer Lawrence (Raven / Mystique), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor Charles Xavier) , Sophie Turner (Jean Grey) and Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy / Beast).
Simon Kinberg, longtime X-Men steward, is writing the script and is set to make his directorial debut with this project, which is aiming to retell the defining Dark Phoenix storyline from the early 1980s comic book.
This isn't the first attempt to bring the Dark Phoenix storyline to the big screen. In 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, which was critically maligned and rejected by fans, the same story was used, but obviously the studio is hoping for a better result this time. Kinberg and co. are looking to redeem that effort with their own take that sources say will hew closer to the classic story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.
If a deal is made, sources say Chastain would play Lilandra, the empress of an alien empire called the Shi’ar, who leads the quest to imprison and execute Dark Phoenix, sending her into conflict with the X-Men.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is slated to open Nov. 2, 2018.