Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy Officially Join ‘New Mutants’ X-Men Spinoff
Maisie Williams is best known as Arya Stark on Game of Thrones, but rumors have circulated for over a year that she's spreading her wings and joining a more mutant-related franchise.
After a year of those rumors, her casting for the X-Men spinoff movie New Mutants has finally been confirmed, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She's been cast alongside Anya Taylor-Joy, another young star who's appeared in recent films such as Split and The Witch.
Williams will play Wolfsbane, a mutant struggling with both her religion and her ability to turn into a wolf, while Taylor-Joy will play Magik, a mutant with the gift of teleportation and (you guessed it) magic. Of the two, Magik is a little more well known since she's the sister of Colossus, the mutant who can turn into metal. Stefan Kapičić played Colossus in Deadpool.
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Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, Stuck in Love) is directing and writing the script with his writing partner Knate Gwaltney (Kidnap). Considering Boone has been hinting at the castings for months, he'd have liked to release the news sooner, but wasn't able to do so until the movie got an official green light from Fox earlier this year.
While their inclusion is great news, some other New Mutants rumors haven't been as accurate. James McAvoy, the young Professor X (and now the only one) and Taylor-Joy's Split co-star, had been rumored to be a part of the film, but Hollywood Reporter writer Borys Kit squashed that rumor earlier today by claiming insider sources say otherwise:
On NEW MUTANTS: other rumored castings - James McAvoy as Prof X - not true. He is not in movie, per sources.— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) May 11, 2017
New Mutants originated in 1982 as the first X-men spinoff comic. Created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, the comics followed a group of teenagers training to be superheroes. Now the hunt is on to cast the remaining teenagers, which includes Moonstar, Sunspot, Mirage, Warlock, and Cannonball.
In the comics, Moonstar is Native American and Sunspot is Brazilian - rumor has it Fox is taking its casting of these two particular characters very seriously, wanting to cast appropriate actors that reflect the characters' ethnicities. That's a good idea since white-washing has proved to be a detrimental choice for many movies lately, and besides, everyone wants to see their favorite characters portrayed realistically on screen.
New Mutants is set to hit theaters April 13, 2018.