MovieWorms' round-up of updates for X-Men movies: The New Mutants, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Deadpool 2, Gambit, X-Force, and a Kitty Pryde project.
The New Mutants
Fox is definitely taking risk with their new approach to superhero films. After the satirical Deadpool and Neo-Western Logan, New Mutants looks like a horror-driven movie as the young mutants confront the terrifying changes from their superpowers in a secret facility. The promising premise puts teenage hormones in a confined space of bizarre abilities and lurking dangers.
With a cast of young talents like Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), and Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split), the movie can utilize its characters to expand the X-Men Universe and push boundaries of the superhero subgenre.
X-Men: The New Mutants is set to be out on April 13th, 2018.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Set 10 years after the battle with Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix follows the transformation of Jean Grey into the cosmic entity that is Phoenix Force. This arc isn't new to the mainstream as it was poorly integrated into the terrible Last Stand.
A more faithful adaptation of the eponymous event in Chris Claremont's "Dark Phoenix Saga," Dark Phoenix is said to focus more on the female mutants, and Sophie Turner praised the X-Men veteran, screenwriter-director Simon Kinberg, for Dark Phoenix being another game-changer from Fox.
Most of the new trilogy cast return to their roles. Also, Jessica Chastain was cast in the villain role, the Shi'ar Empress.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is due to wide release on November 2nd, 2018.
Currently the least hyped X-Men film, Gambit is reported by Omega Underground to start principle photography this March. Production will begin on March 19th in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Notable cast and crew include Channing Tatum as the titular Ragin' Cajun, actress Lizzy Kaplan, director Gore Verbinski (The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean movies), Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (The King Speech, Mad Max: Fury Road).
Gambit is set to be out on February 14th, 2019.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, Shuller Donner, the producer of Deadpool 2, won't be recasting the role of Deadpool's sidekick Weasel, played by TJ Miller (*Silicon Valley). He recently met with several accusations of sexual assault and transphobia.
“We’re in the final editing. I don’t think so.”
Deadpool 2 is set to be out on June 1st, 2018.
After Disney acquired 20th Century Fox last December, X-Force the movie, produced by Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Shuler, and Simon Kinberg, is still moving forward. According to DiscussingFilm, director Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) will remain as the writer-director.
EXCLUSIVE: We can confirm that despite the Disney/Fox deal, currently ‘X-FORCE’ will still go into production with Drew Goddard still attached to write and direct. pic.twitter.com/mvSVu9PS1V— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) January 5, 2018
Josh Brolin, cast as the time-traveling mutant Cable, revealed that the movie might start filming later this year. The exact time depends on Goddard's second feature, Bad Times at the El Royale, and David Leitch's Deadpool 2.
Kitty Pryde project
According to Collider, Fox is planning for their next X-Men spin-off that centers on Kitty Pryde a.k.a Shadowcat, one of the most famous X-Men member. A close friend of Wolverine, Kitty Pryde has the ability to "phase," or become intangible, making her a master infiltrator. She was portrayed by Ellen Page in the original X-Men trilogy.
Deadpool director Tim Miller is developing the project, and it looks like both he and Fox are taking an active role in this new plan--moving out of the Wolverine-centric era--despite the uncertainty amid the Fox acquisition.
Source: 20th Century Fox, Rotten Tomatoes, Empire, Collider, Omega Underground, DiscussingFilm
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