Fox's upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix is reportedly pusuing two major names to join the cast: Angelina Jolie and Jessica Chastain.
The news comes courtesy of Popcorn Talk's Meet the Movie Press show, where one of the hosts, Tracking Board's Jeff Sneider, dropped Jolie's name in contention for the gig, while talking about her continuing to be rumored for Universal's Bride of Frankenstein. (You can watch the video in the tweet below; the Dark Phoenix mention happens around five minutes in.)
— PopcornTalk (@ThePopcornTalk) June 9, 2017
As to what role the actress could possibly tackle in X-Men, Sneider didn't say, instead turning the focus back to Universal's Bride of Frankenstein, which Jolie is still expected for, although nothing has yet to be officially announced. Interestingly enough, this isn't the first comic book gig the acclaimed actress/director has been rumored for in recent years. She had been rumored to direct Captain Marvel for Marvel Studios -- a rumor that began courtesy of OK! Magazine. With Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck now confirmed to direct that project, that rumor was eventually put to rest.
I said on the podcast that I don't think she's going to do it. But... we may get a DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY reunion instead ;)
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) June 9, 2017
As if Angelina Jolie being eyed for Dark Phoenix wasn't surprising enough, Sneider subsequently revealed on Twitter -- although stopping short of mentioning her by name -- that Jessica Chastain could end up taking on a role in the film, possibly reuniting her with James McAvoy, who she worked on The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby with back in 2014. Chastain has appeared eager to dip her toes into the comic book world for some time, and actually had a role in Marvel's Iron Man 3 before eventually pulling out of the project. Since then, she's continued to voice her interest in playing powerful women that get to kick some butt. In November, she was announced to star in and produce a film adaptation of Painkiller Jane, a character created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada for Event Comics.
It should be noted that as of now, this should be treated as a rumor, as none of the trades have reported on Jolie or Chastain's possible involvement; nor has 20th Century Fox commented.
Rumored to be directed by franchise veteran Simon Kinberg, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will see Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner reprise her X-Men: Apocalypse role as a young Jean Grey. Filming is expected to begin in June in Montreal, with a release scheduled for Nov. 2, 2018.