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Jessica Chastain in Talks to Play Villain in Next X-Men Movie

Jessica Chastain Dark Phoenix

Jessica Chastain is in talks to star as the villain in Fox’s X-Men movie “Dark Phoenix” with Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Sophie Turner, and Nicholas Hoult all returning to the franchise.

Fox also announced Wednesday that Simon Kinberg is making his directorial debut on the tentpole from his own adaptation. He’s best known for writing and producing films in the franchise, including “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

“Dark Phoenix” will shoot in Montreal. Kinberg is also producing along with Hutch Parker and Lauren Shuler Donner.

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Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams Set to Star in ‘X-Men’ Spinoff ‘New Mutants’ (Exclusive)

Josh Boone is directing the Fox movie from a script he co-wrote with Knate Lee.
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Fox’s long-awaited X-Men spinoff New Mutants is finally casting up.

Anya Taylor-Joy, the star of The Witch and Split, and Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams have signed on to star in the ensemble young adult superhero movie being directed by Josh Boone.

The movie is headed towards an early July start with a script by Boone and his writing partner, Knate Lee. Simon Kinberg and Karen Rosenfelt are producing.

New Mutants, created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, was the first X-Men comic spinoff, launched in the early 1980s as the franchise began two decades of dominating the comic book industry.

The pic will focus on the angst-driven adventures of a diverse…