Earlier this week it was revealed that Simon Kinberg will direct X-Men: Dark Pheonix and that original cast members such as James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence are returning. Within the same Deadline article, it was reported that Jessica Chastain is in talks with 20th Century Fox to star in the next X-Men movie as the villainous, Shi’ar Empress Lilandra.
X-Men: Dark Pheonix will explore a different side of the X-Men universe and will once again introduce the darker elements of Jean Grey’s character. In the Dark Pheonix storyline, Jean Grey loses control of the Pheonix Force – a mystical, destructive power that comes from within the character. Lilandra is the leader of an alien race and believes that Jean should be destroyed. Obviously, we’re not sure how the character will be introduced to the film universe but it’s exciting to see that Kinberg is taking the franchise in a new direction.