Anya Taylor-Joy and Maisie Williams are going to be your next set of young superheroes in New Mutants.
The long-running X-Men spinoff comic New Mutants is finally coming to the big screen. Directed by Josh Boone (All We Had, The Fault in Our Stars), New Mutants will follow the adventures of a group of young teens, including Danielle Moonstar and Sunspot.
While Fox is still searching for diverse leads to play the angsty teenage mutants, two roles have already been filled.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) will play the sister of X-Man Colossus, called Magik. The sorceress can teleport through time with teleportation discs, and was born in Russia as Illyana Rasputin. The central character in New Mutants, Magik will present an interesting turn for Taylor-Joy as we see the character have to deal with her inner dark side.
With Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones, The Falling) also cast, the X-Men universe now holds two Starks. Joining her fictional sister Sophie Turner, Williams will play the shapeshifting Wolfsbane. Starting out as a timid character, Wolfsbane forms a friendship with the as-yet-uncast Danielle Moonstar.
If Boone follows the comics, Williams and Taylor-Joy’s dynamic will be interesting to see. Wolfsbane’s (who is also known as Rahne Sinclair) religious upbringing leaves her uncomfortable with her ability to turn into a wolf, while Magik’s sorcery simply exemplifies her insecurity.
With a release date of April 13, 2018, New Mutants Turners’ chance to show off her acting skills as the telekinetic mutant in Dark Phoenix.
So, with the release of New Mutants before Dark Phoenix and the news that James McAvoy will not reprise his role as Professor Charles Xavier in Boone’s film, it’s clear that Fox is attempting to liven up the franchise with a new set of actors before releasing more anticipated films later in the year.
However, the casting of experienced young actors in Taylor-Joy and Williams proves that Fox does not have to worry about star appeal.
New Mutants will be released on April 13, 2018, with Josh Boone directing and a script by Boone and writing partner Knate Lee.