The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Anya Taylor-Joy and Maisie Williams have signed up to star in the ensemble of young adult X-Men spinoff New Mutants.
The film, based on the comics that launched in the early 1980’s created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, will focus on the angst-driven adventures of a diverse group of teenagers that include Native American Danielle Moonstar, Scots girl Wolfsbane, Brazilian ladies man Sunspot, a Kentuckian codenamed Cannonball and Russian teen Magik. Also in the mix will be an alien named Warlock.
Anya Taylor-Joy (whose credits include The Witch, Barry and Split) will be playing the role of Magik, a girl who has learned sorcery and used teleportation discs to travel and she is also the sister of X-Man Colossus. Maisie Williams (whose credits include Game of Thrones and iBoy) will be playing the role of Wolfsbane, a girl struggling to reconcile her religious beliefs with her power to turn into a wolf.
The duo have been long rumoured to have been tied to the film to the point that it would’ve been surprising that they weren’t going to star in it, but director Josh Boone was only able to pull the trigger on them once the film was greenlit earlier this year. The THR report also states that Fox is making serious efforts to find ethnically appropriate actors, conducting wide searches for a Native American to play Moonstar and a South American for Sunspot. The film is scheduled to commence production in early July and the script has been written by Josh Boone and his writing partner, Knate Lee. Simon Kinberg and Karen Rosenfelt will serve as producers on the film.
New Mutants is scheduled for cinematic release on the 13th April 2018.