EMPIRE – Though he might be best known in the sci-fi world for his portrayal of the younger Charles Xavier in the current X-Men movies, James McAvoy is looking elsewhere for a role in the genre. He’s in talks to play a man confronting an army bent on Earth’s destruction in Extinction.
According to Deadline, this one has been floating around for a while, attracting a number of writers including Spenser Cohen, Marco Polo’s Brad Caleb Kane, and Lights Out’s Eric Heisserer, who is winning plaudits for scripting new sci-fi drama Arrival.
McAvoy would play a husband and father who is haunted by nightmares in which his wife is attacked, but gets a chance to defend his planet when Earth is invaded. But even as he becomes a hero, he realises that the new arrivals might not be quite what he expected.
There’s no director attached yet, and for now production companies Good Universe and Mandeville Films are keeping this one in development until the right director can be found. But McAvoy’s attachment won’t hurt the process. The actor will show up in Split (due January 20), Wim Wenders’ Submergence and spy thriller The Coldest City, which arrives on August 11 next year.
The gallery has just been updated with 793 Blu-Ray screen captures of James McAvoy as Charles Xavier/Professor X from the 206 summer blockbuster “X-Men: Apocalypse”.
The first trailer for James McAvoy’s upcoming film “Split” has just been released online, and you can watch it in full below. “Split”, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, sees McAvoy (taking over a role that Joaquin Phoenix originally circled) playing Kevin, a man whose psychologist (Betty Buckley) has identified 23 individual personalities occupying his brain. But Kevin’s issue is no mere psychological condition: his body chemistry actually changes with each identity. Most of them appear to be harmless, there is one that has recently started to emerge and which dominates the others. This one has malicious, mysterious intent pulsing through him, and Kevin abducts three teenage girls (including The Witch’s Anya Taylor-Joy) for reasons that he won’t immediately reveal.
EW – Charlize Theron and James McAvoy will warm things up next summer in “The Coldest City”. EW has learned Focus Features will release the global action-thriller, which started filming in Europe last November, on August 11, 2017.
Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Antony Johnston and illustrated by Sam Hart, the high-stakes story takes place on the eve of the Berlin Wall’s collapse, when Lorraine Broughton (Theron), a top-level spy for MI6, confronts an espionage ring in Berlin. The station chief, David Percival (McAvoy), is ordered to cooperate with Broughton in order to uncover the truth behind an undercover agent’s mysterious death.
David Leitch, who left John Wick 2 to pursue this project, is directing, based on a script by Kurt Johnstad, who wrote 300 and the upcoming Justice League tie-in film Aquaman.
The Coldest City also stars John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, Til Schweiger, James Faulkner, Eddie Marsan, Roland Møller, Bill Skarsgård, and Toby Jones.
On May 09, whilst promoting “X-Men: Apocalypse”, James McAvoy appeared on “The Graham Norton Show” alongside co-star Jennifer Lawrence, comedian Jack Whitehall, actor Johnny Depp and musician Wyclef Jean. Screen captures of the show have now been added to the gallery.
SCREEN DAILY – A first glimpse at romantic thriller Submergence shows X-Men star James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander, in her first role after winning the Oscar, in an intense embrace.
Adapted by Erin Dignam from the novel by JM Ledgard, Submergence is the story of James More (McAvoy), a water engineer who is taken hostage in Somalia by Jihadist fighters who suspect that he is a British spy. Danielle ‘Danny’ Flinders (Vikander) is a bio-mathematician working on a deep sea diving project to support her theory of the origin of life on the planet.
The two had met just a few weeks earlier, in an isolated hotel on the Atlantic coast, where they were both preparing for their dangerous missions. Now worlds apart, unable to reach each other, the film follows Danny as she descends in a submersible to the ocean floor, without even knowing if James is still alive.
James McAvoy is one of nine collectible covers for the May issue of Empire Magazine, to be on newsstands from March 31st. Check out the preview in the gallery.
A new trailer for “X-Men: Apocalypse” has been released online today. The film is set to open in the UK on May 18.
The first poster for “X-Men: Apocalypse” featuring James McAvoy as Professor X has just been released online. Check it out in full in the gallery. “X-Men: Apocalypse” will be out in the UK on May 19.
Things have been pretty quiet around here lately, but hopefully with the upcoming release of “X-Men: Apocalypse”, we will start seeing James out and about again. In the meantime, I have finally managed to watch “Victor Frankenstein” and add 1,227 Blu-Ray quality screen captures to the gallery.