In a (pleasantly) surprising bit of news, Hans Zimmer will be scoring X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Evan Peters, who is reprising his role as Quicksilver in the film, perhaps accidentally spilled the beans on an episode of Josh Horowitz’s HappySadConfused podcast saying the following when discussing the Simon Kinberg-directed film:
“[The set] was actually very tame. Simon directed this one, and came in very prepared, very professional. It was a different energy on set and everything got done like clockwork. It was very seamless. Everybody was a little bit more level-headed, so it was a very pleasurable, light experience. I think the film is gonna be incredible. Hans Zimmer’s scoring it—I don’t know if I was supposed to say that or not. Simon has surrounded himself with incredible people, and Simon knows this world better than anybody, so it was just cool to see him—he’s so happy and in his element in that world, and also being able to direct and guide everybody in this way. I was very happy for him and I think it’s gonna be great.”
Zimmer being tasked with doing the score for Dark Phoenix comes as a surprise because he declared back in March 2016 that he was “officially retired” from scoring superhero films following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Zimmer is no stranger to the superhero genre, scoring films like Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel, and even The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Since “retiring” from the genre, Zimmer has been lending his talents to films like Dunkirk, which is up for Best Original Score at the Oscars, and Blade Runner 2049.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits theaters on November 2nd, 2018. The 13th installment of the X-Men series is directed and written by Simon Kinberg and stars Sophie Turner as Dark Phoenix. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Peters, and Jessica Chastain round out the all-star cast.