Alice Braga (Queen of the South, Predators) has joined the cast of New Mutants portraying the character Cecilia Reyes, a role Rosario Dawson was originally in negotiations for. Dawson’s reasons for dropping out are currently unclear. Braga joins a cast of relatively young newcomers (Fitting The Breakfast Club meets Stephen King aesthetic the filmmakers are going for) such as Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik, Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane, Blu Hunt as Mirage, Henry Zaga as Sunspot and Charlie Heaton as Cannonball. The film will begin principal photography next month in Boston.
In the comics, Cecilia Reyes is a Puerto Rican trauma surgeon from the Bronx, NYC and mutant with the ability to generate a psioplasmic biofield around herself which can be used defensively or as a weapon. She was thrust into the superheroics world of the X-Men against her will during Operation: Zero Tolerance, the unleashing of the Prime Sentinals to capture and kill as many mutants as possible in the wake of the Onslsught event which seemingly claimed the lives of most of Earth’s non-mutant heroes. She was later abducted by the Weapon X program and held captive at their mutant concentration camp dubbed Neverland. She somehow managed to escape and resurfaced as an unlicensed doctor back in NYC, later moved to Utopia Island in San Francisco Bay with the X-Men and work as a doctor there.
Originally, Iranian-American actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (The Expanse, Star Trek Beyond) was to portray Reyes in X-Men: The Last Stand, but script changes resulted in her role being changed to Indian geneticist Dr. Kavita Rao.
The New Mutants will premier in theaters April 18, 2018.