Simon Kinberg To Write/Direct X-Men: Supernova as Patrick Stewart Teases Return

The Marvel schedule is coming thick and fast as Logan sets to debut on March 3, 2017. With Josh Boone already taking the reigns of the following installment in the form of New Mutants, it appears as though Simon Kinberg could do likewise for the sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse. A follow-up believed to be titled X-Men: Supernova.

43-year old Kinberg is very familiar with the franchise, writing the screenplay for X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse. The production is set to get underway this summer in June as it will explore the Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix storyline in more detail.

Stubborn Stewart Not Giving It Away Just Yet

Empire Logan

While Australian Hugh Jackman has said his farewell to the character of Wolverine he has helmed so masterfully for 17 years, the veteran Patrick Stewart was not about to let sentimentality get in the way of his decision making. Leaving the door ajar for a future portrayal, the Englishman explained he had made no such commitment.

“Hugh has raised the flag that says goodbye. I haven’t done that yet,” Stewart remarked to ET.

Going on to talk about his co-star's work for Logan, he argues that the performance is on par with anything he has witnessed before.

"His charm and modesty and likability has never changed,” Stewart said. “What has changed is the actor. His work throughout the franchise is compelling and powerful and witty and very entertaining, and I believe what he does in Logan is quite extraordinary. The ageing, the sadness, the weariness, the borderline despair he exhibits coupled with that edge that has always been there is quite remarkable."

DK The New Queen of X-Men

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Closing his chapter on one hand offers the chance for 12-year old Dafne Keen to open her own, a prospect that Jackman is excited about. As 76-year old Stewart described her talent as a "phenomenon," Jackman sees her as the future of the franchise.

"That was one thing I was a pain about," Jackman admitted. "I was like, 'Dude, this is the greatest idea, but how are we going to pull this off? How do we find that girl?' And we did." Then there was the contrast between her gritty role and the girl herself, never letting the moment phase her. "It was so weird taking them to Baton Rouge to a waterpark on a Sunday, then on Monday, there's Laura just slicing and dicing and being completely badass."

Source: Collider, ET