Fox is taking their X-Men franchise in bold new directions centered around spinoffs, films focused on other mutant teams such as The New Mutants and X-Force. The former has been in pre-production for awhile now and is set to begin principal photography in July under the direction of Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, Stuck in Love), from a script he co-wrote with writing partner Knate Lee. With filming so close, it was only inevitable that cast announcements would be coming, and we have our first two confirmations.
Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) & Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch) have been rumored for the roles of Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane and Magik for over a year, and a report yesterday by THR confirmed their casting. According to the report:
The pic will focus on the angst-driven adventures of a diverse group of teens that include Native American Danielle Moonstar, Scots girl Wolfsbane, Brazilian ladies man Sunspot, a Kentuckian code-named Cannonball and Russian teen Magik. Also in the mix will be an alien named Warlock.
Williams’ Wolfsbane is described as “a girl struggling to reconcile her religious beliefs with her power to turn into a wolf.”
Taylor-Joy’s Magik is described as “a girl who has learned sorcery and uses teleportation discs to travel.” She is also the younger sister of X-Man Colossus, who recently appeared in Deadpool.
Nat Wolff (Death Note, Paper Towns) was previously rumored for Cannonball and James McAvoy was said to be reprising his role as Professor X, but both of those have apparently been discredited by THR Heat Vision writer Borys Kit, who originally broke the news about Williams’ and Taylor-Joy’s casting.
The New Mutants will premiere April 16, 2018.