Jessica Chastain circles ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix', Simon Kinberg to direct

Jessica Chastain is in talks to join the cast of “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” - the latest installment of Fox’s X-Men movie franchise, which is slated for cinemas on November 2, 2018.

Chastain is reportedly in the running to play a villain in the action blockbuster, alongside already confirmed stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult who recently signed on reprise their roles in the franchise after their original three-picture deals expired (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Helming the project in his directorial debut is “X-Men” veteran Simon Kinberg, who will also write the story, which is to be based around the Dark Phoenix storyline from the early 1980s comic book.

Sophie Turner - reprising her role as the X-Men heroine Jean Grey, aka Phoenix - will take center stage as a telepath who, in the comics, has her powers drastically amplified by a cosmic energy called the Phoenix Force.