‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ and ‘The New Mutants’ release dates pushed back

Both films will hit cinemas in 2019

20th Century Fox has pushed back the release dates for X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants.

Dark Phoenix has been pushed back by four months, changing its original release date from November 2, 2018, to February 14, 2019, whereas The New Mutants – which has already had its released date altered from April 13, 2018 to February 22, 2019 – will now hit cinemas August 2, 2019.

Dark Phoenix, the sequel to 2016’s X-Men Apocalypse, is the latest instalment in the X-verse and will focus on Jean Grey (portrayed by Sophie Turner), who loses control of her abilities after being possessed by a cosmic force.

The film, directed by X-Men screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg, marks the return of Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Alexandra Shipp (Storm) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler).

New Mutants, directed by Josh Boone, adds horror to the mix in an interesting take on the X-Men franchise. Featuring a teen cast, the film will star Maisie Williams (Wolfsbane), Charlie Heaton (Cannonball), Anya Taylor-Joy (Magik), Henry Zaga (Sunspot), Alice Braga (Cecilia Reyes) and Blu Hunt (Mirage).

This means Fox’s only X-Origin film this year will be Deadpool 2 – starring Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin – released May 18.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be released February 14, 2019, later followed by The New Mutant, debuting August 2, 2019.

Words: Natasha Jagger