“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” First Cast Photo

Actor James McAvoy has posted a new cast photo from 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” online. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a cameo in the photo which comes ahead of production kicking off shortly on the upcoming sequel.

Simon Kinberg helms this fourth installment in Fox’s “X-Men” prequel film series which began with “X-Men: First Class”. This one, set in the 1990s, sees Jessica Chastain playing the villain – the Shi’ar Empire leader Lilandra Neramani who seeks the Dark Phoenix power.

Kodi Smit-McPhee, McAvoy, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp and Tye Sheridan appear alongside Trudeau, Kinberg, and franchise producer Hutch Parker. Filming is slated to begin later this year.