The New Mutants has been in the news a lot lately. And it is believed that this will be the next installment in Fox’s Marvel series following X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Force. While Josh Boone, best known for The Fault in Our Stars, is confirmed as the director, there is precious little else that we actually know about the project. Today, Hitfix claims that the movie has found three of its leads. Though, none of this has been officially announced or confirmed by 20th Century Fox.
The biggest piece of casting intel revolves around Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams. She is said to have joined the project, and is the second Game of Thrones star to sign on as a Mutant following Sophie Turner, who plays Jean Grey (aka Phoenix) in this summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse. The report goes onto claim that Maisie Williams will be playing Rahne Sinclair, the New Mutant otherwise known as Wolfsbane. A shape-shifter, the character served as one of the more emotional key elements in the 80s version of the Marvel Comic. She is a Scottish werewolf who joins Xavier’s school for the gifted.
The second actor said to have boarded the movie is Anya Taylor-Joy. She can be seen in this weekend’s re-release of the instant horror classic The Witch. She apparently made quite an impression on producers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler-Donner. They have reportedly cast her as Illya Rasputin, the New Mutant known as Magik. She is the younger sister of Russian X-Man Colossus, who plays a big role in the recent smash hit Deadpool. That Fox Marvel movie actually establishes the world of the New Mutants with Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who has been confirmed to be a part of Xavier’s young group.
The third casting addition is Alexandra Shipp, who will be reprising her role as Storm from this June’s X-Men: Apocalypse. It has also been rumored that Sophie Turner‘s Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan‘s Cyclops and Kodi Smit-McPhee‘s Nightcrawler may appear in some capacity. Hitfix goes onto claim that Cannonball, Sunspot, and Mirage are all currently being cast. Adan Canto played Sunspot in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but this will be a younger version of the character. Cannonball and MIrage have never appeared in a live action movie.
If this is true, it means The New Mutants will deliver the first team as introduced in the original comic books, created in 1982 by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod. James McAvoy is expected to return as Professor X, and is said to have quite a substantial role in the story. The New Mutants doesn’t currently have a release date, but it’s expected to arrive in 2018. At this time, no story details have been revealed, but it has been described as a YA version of the X-Men, whatever that means.