June 14, 2017


'X-Men: Dark Phoenix': Jessica Chastain In Talks to Play Villain

Dominique Charriau/WireImage
Dominique Charriau/WireImage

That X-Men reign just won't let up! The huge Marvel and 20th Century Fox franchise may now have the addition of Jessica Chastain, who is reportedly in talks to play villain Lilandra in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

Empress Lilandra Neramani is known for her longtime psychic bond with Professor X (the pair were married at one point, and also uses her Shi'ar methods for hand-to-hand combat as well as telepathy. What makes X-Men: Dark Phoenix even more exciting is that it plans to reunite the cast of last May's Apocalypse: Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor X), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey/Phoenix, Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) and Tye Sheridan (Cyclops).

Simon Kinberg will now take over directorial duties from Bryan Singer for the first time. The screenwriter and producer is known for working on previous films in the franchise, including The Last Stand, First Class, Days of Future Past, Apocalypse and Logan. Singer is set to return as producer alongside Hutch Parker and Lauren Shuler Donner.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix will premiere on Nov. 2, 2018. It follows spinoff New Mutants starring Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane and Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, Barry) as Magik. That arrives sometime next spring. While we wait, watch the stars of last May's X-Men: Apocalypse tell Fuse their favorite mutant powers below: