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Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' Is Bringing Back The Whole First Class

'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' Is Bringing Back The Whole First Class

The movie world can't seem to get enough of the superhero/comic genre, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix is scheduled to begin shooting before that long. The Shi'ar Empire is going to be coming after Jean Grey in order to imprison (or destroy) the Phoenix Force inside of her. Considering the Dark Phoenix storyline from the comics is driven by that characters transformation, Turner reprising her role from X-Men Apocalypse was only logical.

Kinberg was previously rumored to be making his directorial debut onX-Men: Dark Phoenix, though when asked about the matter at the time he would only say such rumors were premature. And yes, everybody is back; Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee have all been confirmed as returning, meaning we'll see the core team of X-Men (Storm, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Jean Grey) and Jessica Chastain is now in talks to take the role of Lilandra, Professor X's alien lover/queen of the Shi'Ar empire. Also returning is Jennifer Lawrence, despite earlier hints that last year's Apocalypse could be her final X-Men movie. On the negative side, he wrote X-Men: Apocalypse, and, you know, Fantastic Four. Until today, that is, when Deadline announced that Fox has laid concrete plans in place to move the production forward. "This transforms her into the genocidal 'Dark Phoenix, ' a supremely powerful mutant said to be even more risky than Galactus".

X-Men: The Dark Phoenix will be a direct sequel to last year's X-Men: Apocalypse. This all just happened, but they've formalized Simon Kinberg as director, and set a release date of Friday, November 2, 2018. For those of you out there who haven't read the comics and just went "huh?", Lilandra is a pivotal player in the Dark Phoenix storyline.

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