'Deadpool 2', 'X-Men' sequel 'Dark Phoenix' receive release dates

By Wade Sheridan  |  April 24, 2017 at 9:25 AM
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April 24 (UPI) -- Fox has dated three films as part of their X-Men franchise including Deadpool 2, X-Men: Apocalypse sequel Dark Phoenix and spinoff project New Mutants.

Deadpool 2 is now slated to arrive in theaters on June 1, 2018 as production on the sequel commences in June in Vancouver.

Joining star Ryan Reynolds for the sequel is Josh Brolin as time-traveling mutant Cable, Atlanta star Zazie Beetz as mercenary Domino and Leslie Uggams who is reprising her role as Blind Al.

The film is being directed by John Wick co-helmer David Leitch after the first film's director Tim Miller abandoned the project over creative differences.

The original Deadpool was a box-office smash taking in $783 million worldwide to become the highest grossing R-rated film of all time.

Dark Phoenix meanwhile is set to release on Nov. 2, 2018.

The announcement confirmed that the new film in the mainline X-Men series will tackle the Phoenix Force that inherits Jean Grey's (Sophie Turner) body following the events of X-Men: Apocalypse in which the powerful mutant was seen tapping into her hidden power.

Jean Grey's transformation into the Phoenix was also the subject of 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand which was changed following the events of 2014's time-bending X-Men Days of Future Past.

Turner had previously mentioned that she would returning to film X-Men soon following production on Season 7 of Game of Thrones.

Spinoff New Mutants will be releasing first ahead of Deadpool 2 and Dark Phoenix on April 13, 2018.

Directed by Josh Boone, the film will follow a new, younger cast of mutants that will include characters such as Wolfsbane, Mirage, Cannonball, Sunspot, Magik, and Warlock.

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