With pre-production on X-Men: Dark Phoenix in full swing, it should only be a matter of time before we get some official casting news on the latest instalment in 20th Century Fox’s main X-Men series.
However, in the meantime, Jeff Sneider has popped up with a casting rumour on Meet the Movie Press, claiming that Fox is keen on Angelina Jolie for an unspecified role in the film, although he cautions that Jolie may opt instead to join Universal’s Dark Universe for long-rumoured title role in Bride of Frankenstein. He then went on to suggest on Twitter that Jessica Chastain may also be in contention for the same role should Jolie pass on the opportunity.
Meanwhile, it has also been reported that South Korean singer and actor Rain (Speed Racer) had been cast in the film, but has been forced to drop out of the project due to scheduling conflicts. Apparently his current project Uhm Bok-dong is shooting through to August, whereas Dark Phoenix is set to begin principal photography in July.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set for release on November 2nd, 2018, with frequent X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg reportedly set to direct. As yet, the only confirmed cast member is Sophie Turner, who reprises the role of Jean Grey, although both James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are expected to be back as Professor X and Magneto.