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James McAvoy jumps onboard the M Night Shyamalan resurgence

Professor X James McAvoy will replace Joaquin Phoenix in director M Night Shyamalan’s new small-budget film. Shyamalan is seeing a career resurgence after getting favourable reviews for The Visit.

hollywood Updated: Oct 03, 2015 14:26 IST
James McAvoy and M Night Shyamalan are teaming up.
James McAvoy and M Night Shyamalan are teaming up.(Shutterstock)

X-Men: Days of Future Past’s Professor X James McAvoy is in talks to replace Joaquin Phoenix in M Night Shyamalan’s untitled next film.

The movie is being produced by Jason Blum.

McAvoy, 36, will replace Joaquin Phoenix, who was previously eyed for the role, according to Deadline.

Shyamalan and Blum previously worked together in The Visit, which brought in USD 53 million at worldwide box office against a budget of USD 5 million.

The upcoming project is said to have the same range of budget with The Visit.

Watch The Visit trailer here

It will start filming in November in the director’s hometown in Philadelphia. Blum will produce alongside Marc Bienstock with Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider tapped as executive producers.

Just like most of Shyamalan projects, the plot details of the upcoming project are still kept under wraps.

Sources say it will likely include elements of the supernatural and will be a thriller movie.

McAvoy will next be seen in Victor Frankenstein, which will arrive in the US on November 25. He plays the titular scientist in the horror film alongside Daniel Radcliffe.

McAvoy recently finished filming X-Men: Apocalypse, in which he reprises his role as Professor X.