Anya Taylor-Joy and Maisie Williams are the first confirmed members of the New Mutants cast
The news will come as no surprise to anyone who has been following development on Josh Boone’s The New Mutants movie, but The Hollywood Reporter has just confirmed what has been long rumored: Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones, Doctor Who) are officially set to join the New Mutants cast. As has been long suspected, they’ll play the parts of Magik and Wolfsbane, respectively.
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It’s been more than a year since Taylor-Joy and Williams were first linked to the Marvel Comics roles and, since then, no one has really been keeping it a secret. Boone previously shared concept art of Williams as Wolfsbane on Twitter, even going so far as to tag the actress. Taylor-Joy, meanwhile, was very optimistic about taking on the Magik role in conversation with CS earlier this year. She even suggested that the project could reteam her with her Split co-star James McAvoy, returning as the franchise’s Professor Charles Xavier. At this time, however, McAvoy is not a confirmed member of the New Mutants cast.
While some might consider today’s trade report “old news,” it’s important to consider that actors schedules do change. After all, previous reports also suggested that Nat Wolff would take on the role of Cannonball. Per, THR’s Borys Kit, that casting has fallen through. He likewise casts doubt on any sort of Xavier appearance.
The New Mutants adapts the monthly comic book series of the same name that launched in 1982. Created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, The New Mutants follows on a group of teenage mutants as heroes in training in the Marvel Universe. The feature is expected to be a departure from the sci-fi-action spectacle of other X-Men films and is instead being described as a “Stephen King meets John Hughes”-style horror movie.
Last November, ComingSoon.net exclusively revealed a leaked concept animatic from the film, which features Wolfsbane, Magic and Cannonball facing Demon Bear. Check it out in the player below.
With a release date set for April 13, 2018, we should be hearing quite a few New Mutants cast updates in the days to come so check back for updates as they become available.
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