Dark Phoenix, internationally marketed as X-Men: Dark Phoenix, is the upcoming sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse and will be the twelfth installment in the X-Men film series. It is slated to be released on June 7, 2019.
Due to the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company, Dark Phoenix will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we’ve come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet -- one of their own.
- James McAvoy as Charles Xavier/Professor X
- Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto
- Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme/Mystique
- Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy/Beast
- Sophie Turner as Jean Grey/Phoenix
- Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers/Cyclops
- Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe/Storm
- Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler
- Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver
- Jessica Chastain as TBA
- Kota Eberhardt as Selene 
- Andrew Stehlin as Red Lotus 
- Daniel Cudmore as TBA 
In May 2016, Kinberg said the next X-Men film will be set in the 1990s. He also acknowledged the possibility of re-adapting "The Dark Phoenix Saga" for the new timeline, which had originally been a part of the first X-Men trilogy films, and said the post-credits scene mentioning the Essex Corporation was related to Logan, and that it could have ties to Gambit as well as the following X-Men film. It was reported that the film will be set in 1991 and will shoot under the title Teen Spirit. Bryan Singer said he would be interested in having the villain Proteus in an X-Men film. He also said he will be stepping away from the franchise but could envision returning to it at a later date in some capacity.
On November 9, 2016, Kinberg announced to The Hollywood Reporter that the film series would start a soft reboot with him working on the a new script and having Lawrence, Fassbender, Hoult and McAvoy optimistically in mind. The film will commence filming in May 2017 with the working title of X-Men: Supernova.
In February 2017, McAvoy has dropped some hints on his return to the franchise and Collider reports that Kinberg is in talks to write and direct the next film. Donner told Vanity Fair in a recent interview that the next film won't explore the Erik/Charles dynamic but will explore other characters. It was announced that the film will start production from June to September of 2017.
Kinberg said at the start of March 2017 that he and producer Hutch Parker had begun early prep on the film, and that "Supernova" was just a code name they had been using for the sequel. He said that they had begun discussing the story for the film during post-production on Apocalypse, and that they wanted to do "something bold and radical and expand the universe in the same way that Logan feels bold and radical and certainly Deadpool does as well." A week following the release of Logan, Lana Condor, who played the mutant Jubilee in the film, shared a piece of fanart of her character on her Instagram account. In it, she proclaimed that she misses playing the character, and wants to "hang again soon". Through the caption is a relatively vague indication that Condor wants to reprise her role in Teen Spirit, it will certainly come as a welcomed piece of news for fans of Jubilee.
In April, Fox officially titled the film Dark Phoenix, and gave it a release date of November 2, 2018.
In May, Fassbender indicated that he would be returning for the film, and Parker soon hinted that a young version of the character Rogue could appear, and that the film could possibly explore the cosmic elements of the "Dark Phoenix" storyline.
In June 2017, the Shi'ar alien race was rumored to be featured in the film, and Angelina Jolie was being looked at for a role, though she was not expected to accept the part. On June 14, it was confirmed that Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee will all reprise their roles, and the potential newcomer, Jessica Chastain, was in talks to play the film's villain, Lilandra Neramani, empress of the Shi'ar Empire. During the same month, in Boston, the cast members of Josh Boone's New Mutants have also started to bond ahead of their production start date on July 10. On June 23, it was reported by Entertainment Weekly that the light-emitting pop star mutant, Dazzler will appear, but only in a small role after being hinted at in a scene that was ultimately deleted from Apocalypse and there is no plan at the moment to have Taylor Swift play her. Before the end of the month, Evan Peters was confirmed to be returning to reprise his role as Quicksilver, and Lamar Johnson would also be joining the film as well in an unspecified role. Principal photography began on June 28, 2017, in Montreal, under the working title Teen Spirit.
On July 14, along with Tye Sheridan reprising his role as Cyclops from X-Men: Apocalypse, a new set photo reveals him donning a new visor for his character. Sheridan's new look has been noted to closely resemble James Marsden's portrayal of Cyclops from the original X-Men films. During the same month, it was heavily speculated that Olivia Munn would be reprising her role as Psylocke for X-Men: Dark Phoenix. With principal photography on Dark Phoenix expected to get underway within the month, the implication is that Munn will either have a larger role to play this time around and/or is filming her scenes in the next X-Men movie earlier during production. While promoting The LEGO Ninjago Movie at San Diego Comic-Con, Munn was vague about her future with the X-Men film franchise during an interview on MTV news. Though unclear, Munn's vagueness implies that she's considering returning for X-Men: Dark Phoenix. During the interview, she revealed that her character's big fight scene with Beast was only 25 percent of it's original length, as well as revealing her plans to make her own special director's cut of the said film. Towards the end of July, Summer Fontana, from Basic Witches and The Originals, had posted a photo from Montreal to her Twitter account. Although the caption of the picture says nothing specific about taking part in the X-Men film, this seems telling because X-Men: Dark Phoenix is shooting in the Canadian city. At the end of the month, it was announced that Summer Fontana was cast to portray young Jean Grey for X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
At the beginning of August, Jessica Chastain confirmed via an Instagram post that she has joined the cast of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and is heading to Montreal for filming. She was interested in the story, after turning down roles in other superhero films, due to its focus on female characters. Following Jessica Chastain's confirmation, on August 7, it was reported that According to That Hashtag Show, Kota Eberhardt has joined the production as "Luna" - with speculation pointing to either Hellfire Club member Selene, or Layla Miller. In addition, Scott Sheperd is also said to have been cast in the role of Jean Grey's father. In the same report, Evan Jonigkeit and Gregg Lowe are returning to reprise their respective roles as Toad and Ink from Days of Future Past. Later towards the end of that month, Kinberg stated that he wanted the film to be "human" and emotional like the previous X-Men films, and that he was looking to ground the "Dark Phoenix Saga" story for his adaptation "so it’s not too intergalactic".
In early September, Jessica Chastain revealed that she wouldn't be portraying Lilandra Neramani for the film, leaving her role undisclosed. Later on in the month, Daniel Cudmore had confirmed that he would be appearing in the film, but could not confirm whether he would be reprising his role of Colossus from previous films in the franchise or if he would be portraying a new character. On September 26, 2017, in an interview with Collider, Olivia Munn confirmed that she would be reprising her role of Psylocke in the film, and described Dark Phoenix as "a two parter". Filming was completed in Montreal on October 14, 2017.
Towards the end of November, Simon Kinberg, revealed his plans to show how powerful Jean Grey’s Phoenix persona can be, and is willing to do it at the expense of one of the actors who has been with the franchise since the "X-Men: First Class": Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, James McAvoy’s Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, and Nicholas Hoult’s Beast, all of whom are returning for X-Men: Dark Phoenix. It was announced that Kinberg is holding nothing back and that in a moment when Jean’s powers are on full display, they will become too much for the hero to handle. At that point, with her powers out of control, Jean will impale one of the characters mentioned above, unequivocally killing that character.
On December 7, Kinberg revealed that the film would be in post-production for almost a year, longer than usual for the series, because he wanted to take the time to get the visual effects right by focusing on the "nuance" of the effects rather than the scale. He also explained that he "felt in his gut" that this was the story that he needed to tell once Singer left the franchise, and that his vision for the film was "so clear in my head, emotionally and visually, that it would have killed me to hand this to somebody else to direct". On the same day, Entertainment Weekly released the cover of its Dec. 15/22 "First Look Issue", and confirmed the official synopsis for Dark Phoenix, as well as the year that the film’s setting will be taking place in 1992. Entertainment Weekly also revealed new images of the film, as well as more information on the role that Jessica Chastain will have in the film. Chastain was originally reported to portray Lilandra Neramani, but Entertainment Weekly doesn’t reveal her character’s name, and only says that the actress will play "an otherworldly shapeshifter". The film was described as being the most sinister and somber of the franchise, with McAvoy finding it to be the most emotional of the X-Men films he had worked on. It becomes a "fight for Jean’s soul" and features a twist that was intended to have significant repercussions on the entire franchise. Jennifer Lawrence revealed that she had worked to convince Kinberg to direct the film, and had promised to return for it if he did so, despite her dislike of the make-up required to portray her character.
In pitching the film to the studio, Kinberg used real world imagery such as disaster footage or lightning strikes, and focused on an organic and relevant approach as a response to criticisms of Apocalypse's heightened reality On December 9, Entertainment Weekly confirmed that the film will also feature a version of the iconic, mutant-friendly Island of Genosha, adapted to the film as a mutant refuge led by Magneto. Afterwards, the cast and crew of X-Men: Dark Phoenix revealed that the film will be a tribute to its female superheroes, focusing on the female characters more so than previous films in the series, particularly Jean Grey as both the hero and villain of the film, and Chastain's character with whom Grey has a complex relationship.
At the beginning of January 2018, the alias of the character that Jessica Chastain will be portraying was confirmed to be "Smith".
On March 27, 2018, Fox pushed the film back from its previously scheduled release date of November 2, 2018 to February 14, 2019. According to sources from Collider, X-Men: Dark Phoenix had a test screening to determine which aspects of the film needed to be improved on. Due to the cast's availability, additional photography could only take place in August or September of 2018. As a result, the film's release date was moved forward so that the production team had enough time to work on the visual effects in post-production which will be completed before the November 2018 release date. Specifically, Kinberg was looking to rework the third act of the film, and would re-write part of the script ahead of the reshoots. With post-production already underway, the film was believed to have been under-budget, while the planned reshoots would cost less than $10 million. Additionally, Kinberg and the studio had been looking to change the film's release date for "some time" to avoid competing with the Christmas-oriented film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The new February release date was noted as having the film release away from any other major studio films, while placing it on President's Day weekend which proved to be successful for Deadpool and Marvel's Black Panther.
At the end of April 2018, a Fox panel at the 2018 CinemaCon revealed the first logo for the film. It did not include "X-Men" in the title, but included a circle around the 'X' in Dark Phoenix which was compared to the X-Files logo.
During early May, when addressing the reshoots, Kinberg confirmed the scheduling delays, and described the photography as a "normal" part of the film's creation that would allow him "enough time to have it ready and looking perfect". 
On June 12, 2018, the first teaser trailer for the film was released at CineEurope. 
According to Kinberg, the first unit photography reshoots lasted two and a half weeks. They were focused mainly on reworking the third act, but minor aspects of the first two acts had to be adjusted to ensure that Dark Phoenix felt fluid and consistent. 
Dark Phoenix was originally slated to be released on February 14, 2019. After gaining 44 million views in the first 24 hours of the trailer being released online in China, Dark Phoenix was moved to June 7, 2019 to maximize its success at the Chinese box office.  Kinberg also noted that because the visual effects for the film would not be ready for a global release, Dark Phoenix was given the June date in place of Gambit, which had not begun production yet. In addition to the popularity of the X-Men movies in China, the June date would give Dark Phoenix access to more screens globally. 
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 ‘Deadpool 2’ Gets PG-13 Christmas Re-Release, ‘Alita’ Flies to 2019, ‘Dark Phoenix’ Opens Summer
- ↑ X-Men Unlikely to Hit Marvel Cinematic Universe Until at Least 2021 | Hollywood Reporter
- ↑ Dark Phoenix - Official Synopsis
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Dark Phoenix Cast Confirmed
- ↑ X-Men: Dark Phoenix Casts Summer Fontana As Young Jean Grey
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix': Evan Peters Returning as Quicksilver (Exclusive)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Dark Phoenix: Exclusive Photos and Director Simon Kinberg and Sophie Turner on Alien Villains
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 
- ↑ Simon Kinberg Confirms the Next X-Men Movie Will be Set in the ’90s
- ↑ Rebooting The Dark Phoenix Saga? Here's What Simon Kinberg Says
- ↑ Exclusive: The Next X-Men Film Post ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’
- ↑ Fox's X-Men Issues: Jennifer Lawrence Unsigned, 'Deadpool' Defections, 'Gambit' on Hold
- ↑ LRM Hot Rumor: X-MEN REBOOT To Finally Let The DARK PHOENIX Fly
- ↑ X-Men: Apocalypse Post-Credits Scene Teased
- ↑ X-Men: Dark Phoenix Takes Place in the Early 1990s
- ↑ X-Men: Bryan Singer Wants to See Proteus in a Future Movie
- ↑ 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer reveals how he built the 'Apocalypse'
- ↑ Fox's X-Men Issues: Jennifer Lawrence Unsigned, 'Deadpool' Defections, 'Gambit' on Hold
- ↑ RUMOR: ‘X-Men: Supernova’ Might Be Real and Shooting In Montreal This May Too
- ↑ ‘X-Men: Supernova’ Production Title Confirming It Takes Place During 1991-1992?
- ↑ James McAvoy Drops Hint About New X-Men Project
- ↑ Exclusive: Simon Kinberg in Talks to Write and Direct the Next ‘X-Men’ Movie
- ↑ The Woman Behind the X-Men Reveals How the Mutants Got Their Groove Back
- ↑ Interview: ‘Logan’ Producers on Saying Goodbye to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and the Future of ‘X-Men’
- ↑ CONFIRMED: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Sequel ‘Teen Spirit’ Shooting From June-October In Montreal
- ↑ Interview: ‘Logan’ Producers on Saying Goodbye to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and the Future of ‘X-Men
- ↑ X-Men's Lana Condor Would Like To Revisit Jubilee Once More
- ↑ ‘Deadpool 2’ Lands June 2018 Release Date
- ↑ 
- ↑ Two Major X-Men Characters Who Will Likely Be In Dark Phoenix
- ↑ X-Men: Dark Phoenix Going Cosmic ‘Certainly a Possibility’
- ↑ X-Men: Dark Phoenix could bring us some classic Marvel aliens, the Shi'ar
- ↑ X-Men: Dark Phoenix Casting Rumors Include Jolie, Chastain
- ↑ New X-Men Movie's Main Cast And Director Confirmed
- ↑ Fox Formalizes Simon Kinberg To Helm ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’; Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy Back, Jessica Chastain In Talks
- ↑ Jessica Chastain in Talks to Play Villain in 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'
- ↑ ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ gets a director, Jessica Chastain in talks for villain role
- ↑ X-Men: Dark Phoenix will reunite cast with potential newcomer Jessica Chastain
- ↑ X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX And NEW MUTANTS Cast Members Begin To Bond Ahead Of Filming Start Dates
- ↑ Justin Trudeau Meets the X-Men: Dark Phoenix Cast!
- ↑ Dazzler Will Appear in 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'
- ↑ X-Men: Dark Phoenix Set Photo Reveals A New Look For Cyclops
- ↑ New X-Men: Dark Phoenix Set Photo Reveals Possible New Cyclops Visor
- ↑ X-Men: Olivia Munn May Be Reprising Psylocke for Dark Phoenix
- ↑ OLIVIA MUNN IS PROBABLY REPRISING PSYLOCKE IN X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX
- ↑ 
- ↑ Casting Young Jean Grey Means The Phoenix Force May Finally Be Introduced In 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'
- ↑ X-Men: Dark Phoenix has found its young Jean Grey and it's another breakout TV star
- ↑ Jessica Chastain Confirms Villainous X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Role
- ↑ X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Reportedly Adds Kota Eberhardt And Scott Sheperd; Toad And Ink Set To Return
- ↑ New X-Men: Dark Phoenix Castings Tease Major Story Details
- ↑ Director Simon Kinberg on making X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX more grounded than the comics
- ↑ Jessics Chastain Says She Isn't Lilandra In X-Men: Dark Pheonix
- ↑ Olivia Munn on ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’ & Returning for ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’
- ↑ Another X-Men star appears to confirm they're returning for Dark Phoenix
- ↑ X-Men: Dark Phoenix Director Announces Filming Has Wrapped
- ↑ 
- ↑ X-Men: Dark Phoenix to Kill Off Major Character?
- ↑ Dark Phoenix: Your first look at 2018's incendiary X-Men movie
- ↑ Sophie Turner Is on Fire in X-Men: Dark Phoenix First Look
- ↑ First ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ Images Reveal Jessica Chastain and a New Look for Mystique
- ↑ Jennifer Lawrence on returning to the X-Men series: 'I kinda f---ed myself'
- ↑ Dark Phoenix team on what went wrong with X-Men: Apocalypse
- ↑ Dark Phoenix: Magneto's mutant island Genosha will appear in new X-Men film
- ↑ Dark Phoenix team says film is a tribute to the X-Women
- ↑ X-Men: Dark Phoenix is a tribute to the X-Women, the cast say
- ↑ X-Men: Dark Phoenix is Tribute to X-Women, Female Strength
- ↑ Death and destruction loom large in these new X-Men: Dark Phoenix images (plus, Jessica Chastain's villain revealed)
- ↑ 
- ↑ X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants Release Date Delays Explained
- ↑ 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' to Get Major Reshoots as Simon Kinberg Tweaks Script
- ↑ [#CinemaCon Dark Phoenix Gets a New Logo, Drops ‘X-Men’ from Title]
- ↑ After Deadpool 2, where the X-Men franchises (last) stand
- ↑ 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' Trailer Debuts at CineEurope
- ↑ 75.0 75.1 Dark Phoenix Reshoots and Release Date Change Explained by Simon Kinberg
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