We have more information about X-Men: Dark Phoenix. We just learned that Simon Kinberg is directing and they announced a bunch of returning cast members. The one nugget of information that we didn’t know a lot about is that report that Jessica Chastain was being eyed for a role. It appears that we have some new information from The Hollywood Reporter about who she could be playing.
THR is reporting that Chastain is in talks to play Lilandra, the empress of the Shi’ar. She is the one who wants to execute the Dark Phoenix for the crimes it has committed and that’s what leads to a confrontation with the X-Men.
There have been rumors that the X-Men movies were looking to blast off into space but they have been based on casting sheets and not much else. If Chastain really is looking to play the Shi’ar empress that could open up an entirely new line of storytelling for the X-Men movies. In the comics they frequently have space battles and visit aliens. The movies, however, have been recycling the “mutants versus humans” story over and over again as if audiences were too thick to get the symbolism the first six times.
Does this mean the X-Men series is finally going in a different direction? Are we getting crazy space battles? Aliens> And everything else that has made this one of the most colorful corners of the Marvel universe in comics but one of the most boring in the movies? Only time will tell. As long as don’t get another “us versus them” plot it’ll be a huge change of pace for the X-Men movies.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix, directed by Simon Kinberg, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. It will be released November 2, 2018.