X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to be released next November, and the cast is finally starting to come together, with details about where we can expect the story to go. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Jessica Chastain is in final talks to play Lilandra, leader of the Shi’ar Empire.
The trade is reporting that Lilandra is the film’s primary antagonist, so it looks like we can expect the X-Men to go cosmic, as well. An interesting thought, but with such a hit-and-miss record on Earth, we’ll see how well the film can do off-planet from a storytelling perspective.
The first full trailer for Bryan Singer’s new X-Men television show, The Gifted, has finally hit, and it’s honestly a lot better than I was expecting. The more personal story of mutant persecution sees a family on the run after their children are outed as powerful mutants, with a few well-known X-Men names thrown in for good measure, such as Blink, Polaris, and Thunderbird.
The visuals in the trailer are immensely beautiful, and the story already seems much more interesting than I initially thought. Stephen Moyer’s character, Reed Stucker, the father in said family, is actually a high-level agent of a shadow organization that imprisons mutants, but when his own children become involved, he refuses to give in to the organization, and betrays them all. That alone gives this quite a few more layers than I was expecting. The last TV show from these characters, Legion, was a massive success, so I’m hoping for the best with this one.