Fox has tapped Simon Kinberg to direct Dark Phoenix, the next installment of the X-Men franchise.
The studio has set a release date of Friday, November 2nd, 2018 and are looking to bring back the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee for the next installment of the popular superhero franchise. Additionally, actress Jessica Chastain is in talk to join the cast as the main villain, Shi’ar Empress Lilandra.
Kingberg will also serve as producer alongside Hutch Parker and Lauren Shuler Donner. As someone who has served as a creative backbone for the X-Men franchise since 2006, serving as director on one of these films is a huge step forward for Kinberg.
Currently he is working as a producer on the Deadpool sequel and Josh Boone's X-Men: The New Mutants. Kinberg is also credited with writing and producing both X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse.
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