Jessica Chastain Confirms X-Men Casting With Instagram Post
The Zero Dark Thirty actress, Jessica Chastain, took to Instagram on Tuesday to tease franchise star James McAvoy about her rumored role in the movie, which was first reported in June.
According to Deadline.com, Jessica Chastain is set to join X-Men favourites McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult.
Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee are also all returning.
And on Tuesday Jessica Chastain, who has reportedly been tapped to tackle the character Shi’ar Empress Lilandra, addressed the rumors with a post on her Instagram account.
Her confirmation comes weeks after McAvoy first teased her involvement to the follow-up to 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
“So I hear we’re doing another X-men…wake me up when it’s time to roll would you Chastain? ps.im not confirming J Chastain.just teasing,” he posted in June.
The 40-year-old actress is rumored to be playing the villain in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Jean Grey aka Phoenix’s (Sophie Turner) powers are amplified when she comes in contact with a cosmic energy called the Phoenix Force and Jessica’s evil empress will lead a quest to hunt down and execute Grey’s alter-ego Dark Phoenix.
Former Jean Grey actress Famke Janssen welcomed the decision to focus on Dark Phoenix after 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand was slammed for its handling of Grey’s alter ego. However, she has criticized the decision to replace the older female actors in the franchise, which has yet to let the two generations of women play the same character in a film.
“We’ve only seen that with Magneto and Professor X,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I think it’s time to do that with one of the females. Why not Jean Grey?”