With X-Men: Apocalypse only weeks away, X-Men fans already have plenty to be excited about. But now HitFix has released a list of reported casting for the series’s New Mutants movie, and that list includes some familiar and exciting faces!
It looks like The New Mutants will feature a fairly traditional lineup for the teenage superheroes-in-training: Wolfsbane, Magik, Sunspot, Mirage, and Cannonball. However, X-Men: Apocalypse’s Alexandra Shipp, who will play Storm a.k.a. Ororo Monroe, is also attached to The New Mutants, instead of the typical X-Men team.
Shapeshifter Wolfsbane a.k.a. Rahne Sinclair will reportedly be played by Game of Thrones favorite Maisie Williams while Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) will join the cast as sorceress and teleporter Magik a.k.a. Illya Rasputin.
Sunspot, Mirage, and Cannonball have not been cast yet. A version of Sunspot appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but it’s unlikely that The New Mutants will use the same actor. Because of Shipp’s involvement and the fact that James McAvoy’s Professor X is reported tobe playing “a significant role” in The New Mutants, movie will likely take place shortly after X-Men: Apocalypse’s 1980s timeline.
Up until recently, the only thing we knew about The New Mutants was that director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) was involved as director and co-writer. Based on his previous work and the fact that the New Mutants are teenagers, it was no surprise that the movie was being billed as “young adult.”
Producer Simon Kinberg talked to IGN about The New Mutants, saying, “Josh Boone and his writing partner are working on the script. They’re doing a really nice job of it, and it’s a really cool one, because in many ways, like Deadpool was so different from the mainline X-Men movies, New Mutants… It’s maybe not as different as Deadpool, but it has its own unique, original voice to it.”
These casting decisions seem to be in line with that information, but much like the events of the X-Men franchise, nothing is set in stone yet. After all, Gambit’s premiere was recently rescheduled. Is this casting happening too early for a movie that doesn’t even have a firm release date?
Kinberg told IGN of Magik, “It’s a great role… It would be a great role to cast.” That implies the role hadn’t been cast recently, but perhaps Kinberg was only employing the often-used Marvel method of not revealing any details about a project whatsoever.
Take The New Mutants casting reveals with a grain of salt or not, but it looks like we’ll be seeing the New Mutants movie sooner rather than later. Marvel recently scheduled two mystery movies for release in October 2017 and January 2018. Could The New Mutants be destined for one of those slots?