Is hav­ing a beast of a year…

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The Scot is so hot right now.

On the cusp of turn­ing 40, James McAvoy is hav­ing his best year yet. We don’t mean voic­ing the gar­den or­na­ment in Sher­lock Gnomes or his un­cred­ited cameo in Dead­pool 2. No, it’s the movies and TV shows he has clog­ging up the pipe­line that quicken the heart, with M. Night Shya­malan’s Un­break­able/ Split se­quel Glass and Si­mon Kin­berg’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix both in post-pro­duc­tion.

But that’s just two of the rea­sons McAvoy is set for an, ahem, first-class fu­ture. Cur­rently film­ing are It: Chap­ter Two and minis­eries Water­ship Down, the for­mer see­ing our man play Losers leader Bill Den­brough and the lat­ter lend­ing his voice to rab­bit Hazel. Then he’ll step into the shoes of Lord As­riel in a BBC minis­eries of Philip Pull­man’s His Dark Ma­te­ri­als tril­ogy – and hope­fully right the wrongs of the abortive 2007 movie adap, The Golden Com­pass.

“Me, Bruce [Wil­lis], Sam [L. Jack­son] and Sarah Paul­son have got the four big parts in Glass,” says McAvoy, whose Kevin Wen­dell Crumb – or The Beast, one of his 23 per­son­al­i­ties – will pur­sue Wil­lis’ David Dunn. That’s all he’ll say, re­ly­ing on his dry hu­mour to swerve ques­tions: “If it’s a good film, the fans will re­act well. If it’s not, they won’t.”

McAvoy has been in de­mand since trot­ting to the world’s at­ten­tion as Mr. Tum­nus in 2005’s The Chron­i­cles Of Nar­nia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe. Ca­reer highs in­clude The Last King Of Scot­land and Atone­ment – and three pre­vi­ous X-out­ings as Charles Xavier. Dark Phoenix will see So­phie Turner’s Jean Grey pos­sessed by cos­mic en­tity the Phoenix Force, which boosts her pow­ers and sends her ram­pag­ing through the galaxy.

“I get a lot more time with the young cast in this one,” says McAvoy. “So­phie kills it. The re­la­tion­ship be­tween her and Jen Lawrence as Raven is re­ally in­ter­est­ing and quite pro­found. It’s a film about a fam­ily com­ing apart.” Un­like McAvoy’s ca­reer, which has never been more to­gether.


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