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James McAvoy Teases Return For ‘X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX’

June 19, 2017

Production hasn’t officially begun on the upcoming X-MEN: PHOENIX, but the cast and crew are currently in pre-production as cameras are set to begin later this summer.

James McAvoy shared a video on his Instagram, which teases his return as Professor X.

He approaches. #charlesxavier #xmen #darkpheonix

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Longtime X-Men series writer and producer Simon Kinberg is set to write and direct the film, which features the return of Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. Jessica Chastain is currently in talks to play the villain, Lilandra. An empress of the Shi’ar Empire, Lilandra leads an alien race that is in search of and eager to eradicate the Phoenix Force. Sophie Turner is also set to reprise her role as Jean Grey, the host of the Phoenix Force and subject of the Shi’ar’s search.

Kinberg will also produce alongside Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker.

Kinberg previously confirmed that the next X-Men film would have a time jump of 10 years from Apocalypse, offering a 1990s setting for the sequel. The X-Men comics had a commercial boom during the 90s, following character redesigns by Jim Lee, which went on to be the basis for the fan-favorite animated series.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to hit theaters on November 2, 2018.

2018 is also the year for the X-Universe as Dark Phoenix will wrap up following Josh Boone’s New Mutants on April 13, 2018 and Deadpool on June 1, 2018.

In addition, check out the first photo from one of the sets!

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