– by Joseph Jammer Medina

With X-Men: Apocalypse behind us, and no official X-Men flick in sight, it makes sense that the attention would shift over to The New Mutants. The Gambit film is delayed, Deadpool is pretty far away from what we’d normally consider an X-Men film, and even Wolverine III is looking to give the franchise a harder edge — with that in mind, The New Mutants would be something of a natural successor to the franchise (until the new X-Men comes along, at least).

Back in March, rumors began to circulate around a few actors potentially joining the film, including The Witch actress Anya Taylor-Joy and Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams. Since then, Williams has expressed her interest in joining the property, though nothing official has been announced. Taylor-Joy, however, had yet to say anything regarding the New Mutants…until today.

Speaking with IGN while promoting her new thriller Morgan, Taylor-Joy said the following:

“I think the world is really fascinating. I’d love to be a part of it. It would be wonderful.”

When prodded a bit further, and asked when we could expect any kind of announcement, she gave the cryptic response, “I guess when they make decisions the world will know.”

Not to be super-cynical about the whole thing, but I feel like the interview translates to this:

“Q: What do you think about the New Mutants rumors?
Taylor-Joy: I like working, so of course, it’s an interesting world.
Q: When can we expect an announcement regarding the movie you may or may not be a part of?
Taylor-Joy: You can expect an announcement when they announce it.”

In addition, it seems like it’s a bit too early to be worrying about the cast at all. As it stands, Fox only just hired a writing duo to help out with the script (as we reported earlier today), so at this point, they don’t even have one locked down yet. As such, it’s doubtful any actors have been approached, and even if they have, there’s likely next to nothing set in stone. 

That being said, Taylor-Joy would be a great addition to the cast. The Witch was a flick that truly rested on her shoulders, and she carried it effortlessly. Like any good actor, she gave a positive response to the question (she’s a working actor, after all), but I wouldn’t put much stock in her statements at this point. 

I’d wait for Fox to commit to a release date before I worry about who joins the cast.

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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.