Reports are saying that the Academy Award-nominated actress is now in negotiations to play the lead villain in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. In the original The Dark Phoenix Saga, Jean Grey is imbued with a cosmic entity, the "Phoenix Force", that transforms her into the all-powerful Phoenix. The Phoenix Force overtakes her personality and leads to her unleashing her power on the world, leading the rest of the X-Men to come together and stop her.
The movie has also officially tapped Simon Kinberg, a longtime franchise writer and producer, to make his directorial debut.
More importantly, their report also comes forth with the news that Jessica Chastain is now in talks to join the franchise as one of the villains of the film, Lilandra, the head of the Shi'Ar empire and oftentimes paramour of Charles Xavier. James McAvoy (Professor Xavier) and Nicholas Hoult (Beast) are all set to return, according to the outlet, along with Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), who debuted in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse.
On the positive side here, Kinberg wrote X-Men: Days of Future Past and Sherlock Holmes. Yes, the X-Men films are finally going to start bringing aliens into the mix.
Prior to this announcement, there was some worry that the three actors - especially Lawrence, who has become one of the biggest movie stars on the planet - might not return for a fourth installment. But they were re-cast as younger versions for Apocalypse, similarly to how Fassbender, McAvoy and Lawrence replaced Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Romijn in X-Men: First Class. This has left fans to wonder whether other elements of the Dark Phoenix story will be adapted. We'll see what's in store November 2018.
Dark Phoenix is another attempt on Fox's part to tell the classic "Dark Phoenix" storyline from the comics.