With the future of the Fox franchise at somewhat of a crossroads, it’s unclear which actors might return for “X-Men: Supernova,” expected to be a "soft reboot." Last week Sophie Turner confirmed she'll reprise her role as Jean Grey, and today we may be able to add another series veteran to the list.
Nicholas Hoult, who played Hank McCoy, aka Beast, in the X-Men prequels, said he thinks he'll play a role in the upcoming film.
“I think I’m involved,” he told HeyUGuys. “I’d be happy to go back — I love playing that character and I love everyone involved and I know there’s one in the works.”
Little is known about “X-Men: Supernova,” although signs point to franchise producer Simon Kinberg adapting "The Dark Phoenix Saga," the influential Marvel Comics storyline by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.
The in the classic arc, Jean Grey is struck by a wave of radiation from a solar flare, which in turn releases her true psychic potential, causing her to adopt a completely new attire and the mantle of Phoenix. After freeing herself from a kidnapping attempt, Jean leaves Earth and assumes the role of Dark Phoenix. To recharge her power after the cosmic trip, she consumes a star, triggering a supernova that wipes out a densely populated planet. The resulting genocide triggers an intergalactic conflict that pits the X-Men against the likes of the Kree and Skrull empires.
Up to this point, the X-Men films have only dabbled in the larger cosmic Marvel canon, eschewing galactic struggles in favor of more grounded ones. However, Phoenix’s legacy has been touched on in both “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
"X-Men: Supernova" is rumored to mark the directorial debut of Kinberg, who co-wrote “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
Expected to begin film this spring in Montreal, "X-Men: Supernova" is reportedly targeting a 2018 release.