Nicholas Hoult Thinks He’s Involved in X-Men: Supernova

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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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