Men: Dark Phoenix's Reported Setting Will Please Comics Fans

The Empress Lilandra

The Empress Lilandra

Jessica Chastain is the latest star to be possibly joining the X-Men cast for Dark Phoenix.

Her character will be named Lilandra, "the empress of an alien empire called the Shi'ar, who leads the quest to imprison and execute Dark Phoenix, leading her into conflict with the X-Men".

Sophie Turner is to reprise her role as Jean Grey in the adventure which will focus on the psychic hero's alter ego Dark Phoenix.

That means we can look forward to spending yet another action-packed two hours with Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. It's at least a more emotional, credible threat than Apocalypse, Oscar Isaac's villain in the previous installment, who despite everyone's best efforts, sucked.

Filming is set to begin this month, so keep an eye out for more updates.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is scheduled to be released November 2, 2018.

Thoughts about the X-Men: Dark Phoenix film? Kinberg has been a writer and/or producer on several X-Men movies including last year's X-Men: Apocalypse and this year's Logan.

The new reveal comes after a bevy of other confirmations for the new X-Men title.

Instead, Simon Kinberg will helm X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Okay, maybe tied for worst along with X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Dark Phoenix could bring the cosmic side of the X-Men universe, something the films haven't really touched, into play. In the comic book version of the Dark Phoenix Saga, you know that Jean has passed the point of redemption when she uses a star to recharge her powers.a star that has inhabited planets in its solar system.

"The Dark Phoenix story went from being the A-plot to the B-plot of the movie", Kinberg said of The Last Stand in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2015.

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