Jessica Chastain in Talks to Play Villain for New X-Men Movie

  • Jessica Chastain in Talks to Play Villain for New X-Men Movie

Jessica Chastain in Talks to Play Villain for New X-Men Movie

Yes, we are getting another X-Men movie from 20th Century Fox.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is coming to theaters next year and while we've known that certain mutants like Professor Xavier, Storm, and Magneto are definitely coming back, a newly posted casting call hints at 16 new characters we can expect to see. Still Kinberg has a long history with the franchise, having written or co-written the screenplays for X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: The Last Stand.

The film will shoot in Montreal with veteran "X-Men" writer Simon Kinberg also set to make his directorial debut on the film.

That particular movie isn't remembered too fondly by fans so audiences will certainly be hoping for a different result this time around.

20th Century Fox has announced that X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be released on November 2, 2018. Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee will all be back in their mutant roles.

Of course, Lilandra isn't the only cosmic character who's important to the Phoenix Saga; first time director Simon Kinberg et al are going to have to introduce a huge number of aliens if they're going to faithfully recreate the comic.

Deadline reports those X-Men will be all familiar faces.

Meanwhile, Jessica Chastain is in talk to join the cast as the main villain, Shi'ar Empress Lilandra Neramani, .

Whether or not this is good news will depend entirely on how much you enjoy these actors playing these characters. His creativity is already evident throughout the X-Men franchise and other works.

Dark Phoenix is a powerful manifestation of cosmic energy called the Phoenix Force which resonates in Jean Grey, enhancing her powers and making very risky and unpredictable. Not only is he familiar with the Dark Phoenix, he has knowledge of the X-Men mythology overall.

It's no secret that fans weren't happy with how the Dark Phoenix story played out in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand.