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X-Men's James McAvoy Circling Sci-Fi Thriller Extinction

Even with a number of "X-Men" movies under his belt, actor James McAvoy hasn't had his fill of sci-fi thrillers just yet. Deadline reports that the young Professor X is in early talks to join Good Universe and Mandeville Films' "Extinction." The sci-fi thriller reportedly "follows a man haunted by nightmares in which his wife is assaulted and who becomes a hero when Earth is invaded by an army bent on destruction." McAvoy's character is also said to be a family man and factory worker who realizes he is the first robot to feel emotions, which then leads to him helping start a revolution.

The script is currently being finished by multiple writers, including Brad Caleb Kane ("Marco Polo"), and doesn't have a director attached yet, so it should be quite a while until it hits theaters. Fans of McAvoy can take heart knowing the actor has a number of projects in the pipeline, including a television adaptation of "Watership Down," and the M. Night Shyamalan-scripted horror thriller, "Split," due out next year. Fans most recently saw the actor costarring alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Oscar Isaac in "X-Men: Apocalypse," and can check out his string of previous X-Men outings including "First Class" and "Days of Future Past" on DVD and Blu-ray now.

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