– by Joseph Jammer Medina

There’s been plenty of chatter lately about Fox’s NEW MUTANTS, a spinoff from its X-MEN franchise. Earlier this week, producer Simon Kinberg was out talking about the film, discussing topics ranging from the film’s tone to the kinds of characters we could see pop up in it. Then yesterday, HitFix published a report claiming to have the identity of two of the characters featured in the film and- more importantly- who’s playing them.

Their report claimed that Maisie Williams (GAME OF THRONES) would be playing Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, and that Anya Taylor-Joy (THE WITCH) would be playing Illya Rasputin/Magik in NEW MUTANTS. But now Nerdist has come forward to debunk this report. They claim to have reached out to Fox directly, and the response was: “Not True.

This, of course, could just be the studio deflecting the story temporarily while it works out the deals with the actors. It wouldn’t be the first time a studio has denied a casting, only to officially reveal it later on. Heck, something like this happened recently to Latino-Review, where we announced that Asa Butterfield had been cast as SPIDER-MAN and then- before the ink could dry- Sony/Marvel dropped the actor because he spilled the beans before everything was set.

So we’ll see. But, for now, it would appear that fans excited to see Williams join her GAME OF THRONES sister Sophie Turner in the X-MEN universe in NEW MUTANTS may be out of luck.

More as it develops.

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SOURCE: Nerdist

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.