‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ Director Simon Kinberg Teases ‘Extraterrestrial Characters’ (Exclusive)

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Sounds like X-Men: Dark Phoenix is going to be out of this world!

While still a ways away, director Simon Kinberg is tiding us over with tantalizing new details about the new X-Men installment.

“It's much more loyal to the original comic than X-Men 3, which told the Dark Phoenix story,” Kinberg shared with ET’s Carly Steel at the Deadpool 2 premiere. “It's a movie that involves extraterrestrial characters, which is not something that we've done in the X-Men franchise before, and is something that is a huge part of the Dark Phoenix saga in the comics.” 

Dark Phoenix, starring Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner, follows a battle for telepathic mutant Jean Grey’s mind when a malevolent force threatens to take it over. 

Kinberg added details about the tone of his directorial debut, promising Dark Phoenix will be “a little less operatic” than past X-Men movies, saying, "It’s more intense and it's more real and grounded, and hopefully more relatable.”

Dark Phoenix, out February 2019, also stars Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto) and Jessica Chastain. 

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