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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.

Fox has announced the next installment of their X-Men franchise to be Dark Phoenix. The Shi'ar Empire is going to be coming after Jean Grey in order to imprison (or destroy) the Phoenix Force inside of her. This will be his directorial debut but has been involved with the series since 2006 as a screenwriter for X-Men: Last Stand, and has since also worked as a producer for this and the Deadpool franchise. These newly confirmed cast members include nearly the entire group of mutants that has been introduced or re-introduced in the First Class trilogy. This includes Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr/Magneto, James McAvoy as Charles Xavier/Professor X, Nicholas Hoult as Henry "Hank" McCoy/Beast, Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe/Storm, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers/Cyclops, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler.

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X-Men: The Dark Phoenix will be a direct sequel to last year's X-Men: Apocalypse. All three of these characters appeared in the original X-Men trilogy.

Jessica Chastain is reportedly in talks to join the next X-Men movie X-Men: Dark Phoenix. This has left fans to wonder whether other elements of the Dark Phoenix story will be adapted. Numerous stars of the last three films will return, and it will be directed by series producer Simon Kinberg. This all just happened, but they've formalized Simon Kinberg as director, and set a release date of Friday, November 2, 2018. The filmmaker has been producing the series since 2011's X-Men: First Class, and co-wrote X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse.

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20th Century Fox is ready to take on the Dark Phoenix.

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