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NEW MUTANTS Update: Maisie Williams and Anya Joy-Taylor Cast; McAvoy Not Appearing

While the future of the X-Men seems to be in flux from the outside, quietly Fox Studio’s master plan is beginning to take shape. The resurgence of the franchise began in 2011 with the soft reboot of the series, X-Men: First Class, before proving that the franchise can swing with the big boys in 2013 with Days of Future Past. Over the past couple of years, the franchise has matured considerably with the studio’s foray into the R-rated world with Deadpool and Logan. Now, the boundaries of their cinematic universe have stretched even further and it’s hard to anticipate what will come next. Luckily, that’s what we are here for!

Earlier this year, we reported on the casting of Fox’s upcoming adaptation of the X-Men comic, The New Mutants. It appears that some of the principals have been locked in for Josh Boone’s (The Fault In Our Stars) first big-budget superhero flick. The movie is expected to follow a new class of mutants, with a tone that is rumored to combine elements of horror and YA films. This looks to be the teenage counterpoint to the Deadpool universe that’s quickly taking shape and has the opportunity to stand apart from what has come before.

 

Today the cast of the new X-Men film is taking shape, as THR has confirmed that Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Anya Taylor-Joy (Split) will officially be joining The New Mutants in their long-rumored roles as Wolfsbane and Magik respectively. Wolfsbane mutation is akin to lycanthropy, while Magik has mystical capabilities and is the sister of Deadpool’s Colossus.

Those aforementioned additions have long been rumored, along with the expected participation of James McAvoy as Professor X. However, according to Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter, McAvoy won’t be returning in the newest adventure.

It’s unclear exactly how the new film will fit into the X-universe, but the absence of McAvoy as Professor X has to sting a little. The actor scored a huge hit as the lead in this year’s hit thriller,  Split. It was also widely expected that Nat Wolff would be reuniting with his Fault In Our Stars director for The New Mutants as well, however it seems that Kit wasn’t quite finished crushing the dreams of the Wolff fan club with the following post.

The casting description provided by That Hashtag Show, showed that they are staying close to Cannonball’s Kentucky comic book roots according to the casting call. The role is central to the property, so it would stand to reason that some more contenders will soon surface. Taylor-Joy and Williams are lesser-knowns, although both have become increasingly recognizable to mainstream audiences due to their recent work in high-profile projects, like Game of Thrones and Split. It appears that pre-production is moving along briskly and now that the first domino has fallen, there should be much more to follow for The New Mutants

The New Mutants opens on April 13th, 2018.

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Source: ScreenRant

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