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Jessica Chastain Will Play Lead In X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Steve Porter / August 2, 2017

The two-time Academy Award nominee (once for 2011’s The Help and then again in 2012 for Zero Dark Thirty) has jumped into the superhero world to play the title villain in X-Men: Dark Phoenix next year.


The film, which will follow in the footsteps of the critically-acclaimed Wolverine film Logan, is part of 20th Century Fox’s most ambitious wave of X-Men related movies in 2018. New Mutants is set to release on April 13, 2018 and Deadpool 2 on June 1, 2018.


This film will be written and directed by an X-Men staple, Simon Kinberg, a name that is linked to almost every X-Men film over the past few years. As the name alludes to, not-so-subtly I might add, is the continuation from where we were left at the end of X-Men: Apocalypse. We’ll probably follow Jean Grey, as played by Sophie Turner, as she begins to morph into the character Dark Phoenix. And that’s where Jessica Chastain comes in.


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While it’s not official yet, reports are saying she will be playing Princess-Majestrix Lilandra Neramani aka Dark Phoenix, and she’ll be on a mission to destroy Jean Grey over the course of the film. With the disappointing feedback coming from X-Men Apocalypse, we’re just hoping Chastain’s talents don’t go to waste here.


X-Men: Dark Phoenix is expected to release on November 02, 2018.


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