There are some projects that always seem on the verge of getting off the ground, but ultimately never take off. This is kind of what I thought would be the fate of The New Mutants, the Josh Boone-helmed, teen-centric spinoff set in the X-Men universe. Given that X-Men: Apocalypse already showed some of our favorite X-Men in the teen form, so how would this one differentiate itself?
While the answer to that question remains to be seen, it sounds like The New Mutants is off to a pretty solid start with its casting. According to THR, theyâ€™ve cast two well known rising stars in Hollywood.
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First up is Anya Taylor-Joy, who starred in last yearâ€™s unnerving The Witch as well as this yearâ€™s unexpected hit Split. Taylor-Joy will play the Russian Magik, a mutant who can perform sorcery, and who uses discs to teleport from one place to another.
The other actress to sign onto the project is none other than Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, who set the world on fire with her portrayal of the bitter and broken Arya Stark. Williams will be playing Wolfsbane, who can (surprise surprise) turn into a wolf.
While we obviously have no idea how they plan on pulling of the characters and their abilities, the actors they have locked down thus far an amazing start. Both Taylor-Joy and Williams have proven their worth as actors, and will bring a great deal to the roles given to them. Plus, given Booneâ€™s experience in working with younger talent (as evidenced by The Fault in Our Stars), we know he can get great performances out of his actors.
Hereâ€™s how THR describes the upcoming take on The New Mutants:
â€œThe 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.â€
20th Century Fox is reportedly making an effort to cast ethnically appropriate actors for their respective roles. Given that the film is slated for an April 2018 release date, I say theyâ€™d better move things along and get this flick in front of the cameras already (unless they plan on pushing it back, which may not be a bad idea).
What do you think of this recent casting news? Can you imagine these two in their respective roles? Let us know your thoughts down below!
The New Mutants hits theaters on April 13, 2018.
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