Simon Kinberg has been involved with the X-Men franchise for a long time. He’s written most of the movies since The Last Stand, and been a producer on all the flms since First Class. Now he’s been confirmed to be be stepping behind the camera, as he will direct the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
They’re also busy filling out the cast, with THR reporting that Jesica Chastain is in talk to play the villain.
X-Men: Apocalypse introduced us to a new version of Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), who we saw having an extreme power that she must keep contained. In the comic she became ‘imbued by a cosmic energy called the Phoenix Force. It eventually overtook her personality and made her bad, necessitating the X-Men to stop her.’ It’s not clear whether the film will bother with the ‘Phoenix Force’, as in a version of the storyline in The Last Stand, the almost uncontrollable ‘Phoenix’ was part of Jean’s mutant powers that she had to keep under control. Apocalypse suggested the new Jean Grey may be the same.
However it’s handled, Chastain ‘would play Lilandra, the empress of an alien empire called the Shi’ar, who leads the quest to imprison and execute Dark Phoenix, leading her into conflict with the X-Men.’
Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult are all expected to return.