Jessica Chastain has officially confirmed her role as the lead villain in next year’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Following one of the studio’s greatest X-Men-related film successes to date with this year’s critically-acclaimed Logan, 20th Century Fox is currently preparing to release its most ambitious wave of X-Men films ever in 2018. Along with highly anticipated titles like Deadpool 2 and New Mutants, the studio will also be continuing its main X-Men saga with X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which will be both written and directed by Fox veteran, Simon Kinberg, following his involvement in almost every single X-Men film of the last few years.
After working at (mostly) resetting the franchise from a string of disasters, beginning with 2005’s X-Men: The Last Stand, Kinberg is planning on attempting to bring one of the most beloved X-Men comic book storylines to life on the big screen for the second time. And as the film’s title not-so-subtly reveals, Dark Phoenix will pick up where last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse left off, and follow Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey as she begins her transformation into the Dark Phoenix.
Now, it has not yet been officially confirmed or announced who Chastain will be playing in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, but if the early reports of her casting are to be believed, the Oscar-nominated actress will reportedly be playing Princess-Majestrix Lilandra Neramani in the film, who – for those who may not already know – is the empress of the Shi’ar alien empire in the comics. It had previously been reported that Neramani will be on a mission to imprison (and destroy) Grey as the ultra-powerful Dark Phoenix, throughout the course of the film.