Following his lead role in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, Tye Sheridan will next be seen reprising the role of Scott Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops, in 20th Century Fox’s superhero sequel X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
The film, which has recently been pushed back from its original November date to February next year, marks the directorial debut of long-time X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg. And according to Sheridan, Kinberg has taken a completely different approach to the film than past instalments in an effort to help it stand out in the crowded superhero market.
“Everyone was on the same page with the idea that we were approaching it as much more of a grounded drama versus a superhero movie,” said Sheridan in an interview with Collider. “Something that’s getting old with those universes and all the Marvel movies is that they all look the same and they’re all doing the same thing. We really wanted to shake it up, in that sense, and take a different approach to this. Simon Kinberg, who wrote the past three X-Men, directed Dark Phoenix, and I’m super, super excited about it. I think it will turn out well and that it will be a different X-Men than we’ve ever seen before, so that’s exciting.”
The “grounded drama” approach certainly worked wonders for Fox with last year’s Logan, so it will be interesting to see whether Kinberg and company can replicate that with a story that is much larger (cosmic!) in scope.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set for release on February 14th 2019 and sees Simon Kinberg directing a cast that includes franchise veterans Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor X), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) and Evan Peters (Quicksilver) alongside new additions Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game) and Lamar Johnson (Kings).