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Is Fox’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix Searching For a New Rogue?

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Is Fox’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix Searching For a New Rogue?

Now that Fox’s X-Men sequel has a title, “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” and a 2018 release date, the search begins to any details about the plot — inspired, at least in part, by the seminal Marvel Comics storyline — and casting. The first clues about the latter may arrive in newly surfaced audition videos for the film, which will shoot under the name “Teen Spirit.”

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Uncovered by Omega Underground, the videos depict Australian actor Rarmian Newton (“The Family”), Irish newcomer Paul Mescal and Canadian-American actress Alexa Swinton (“The Billions”) reading for the roles of Shane, Sam and Marie, respectively. While those may not be the actual names of the characters — placeholder names are sometimes used during the audition process — is enough to ignite speculation that producers are seeking to re-cast longtime X-Men Rogue, whose alter ego is Anna Marie in the Marvel comics and Marie in the Fox franchise.

Anna Paquin as Rogue

Anna Paquin as Rogue

A mutant who can absorb the psyche and abilities of anyone whose skin she touches, Rogue was previously portrayed in the Fox films by Anna Paquin beginning with 2000’s “X-Men.” She reprised the role in the sequels “X2” and “X-Men: The Last Stand,” and returned in 2014 for “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

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While an appearance by Rogue in “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” doesn’t sync with the events of the first three films, director Bryan Singer effectively pushed a reset button in “Days of Future Past,” which permitted the re-introduction of Nightcrawler much earlier in the team’s history. Considering how popular Rogue is with X-Men fans, it’s doubtful many would complain about another continuity tweak.

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, in time for a release on Nov. 2, 2018.

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