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Simon Kinberg Confirmed to Direct X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX

Kinberg, longtime writer and producer on Fox’s X-Men franchise, has been officially confirmed to direct the series’ next installment, X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Deadline broke the news.

Simon Kinberg, who penned the scripts for X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse, will write and direct X-Men: Dark Phoenix, reuniting stars Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), and James McAvoy (Professor Xavier). Kinberg takes over from X-Men, X2, Days of Future Past, and Apocalypse director Bryan Singer, who officially “passed the torch” in an Instagram post describing Dark Phoenix as an “epic story in great hands.”

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Fox previously attempted adapting the famous X-Men storyline in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, directed by Brett Ratner. The film was poorly received by fans and critics alike. Kinberg has served as producer on the X-Men series since The Last Stand, also overseeing two spinoffs: R-rated smash hits Deadpool and Logan. Lawrence, Fassbender, and McAvoy rejoin co-star Nicholas Hoult (Beast), as well as Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), and Sophie Turner (Jean Grey / Phoenix), all who made their X-Men debuts in last summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Jessica Chastain (Interstellar, Miss Sloane) is in talks to board the production as the film’s main villain, Shi’ar Empress Lilandra.

The 90s-set X-Men: Dark Phoenix opens November 2nd, 2018.

 

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