New Mutants casts two actors you expected but James McAvoy is out

Magick and Wolfsbane are cast for Josh Boone’s New Mutants but no Professor X

Pretty much each news report about Josh Boone’s New Mutants X-Men spin-off has mentioned the fact that Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy were heavily rumoured to be starring, and now it’s finally been made official.

THR reports that Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) and Williams (Game Of Thrones, The Falling) have signed on to star in the film, playing Magik and Wolfsbane respectively, following the recent announcement the Fox had announced a release date for the film along with X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Deadpool 2.

One rumour that has been debunked is James McAvoy’s return as Charles Xavier, as per THR writer Borys Kit.

He also ruled out Nat Wolff (Death Note) starring as Cannonball.


Meanwhile, there’s no sign that Alexandra Shipp will be appearing as Storm, as previously rumoured, but maybe she’s being saved for Dark Phoenix.

Magik is, as her name suggests, “a girl who has learned sorcery and uses teleportation discs to travel.” She’s also the sister of Colossus, and the site describes her as Russian, so it’s possible the film will go with Deadpool‘s version of the big metal fella. Wolfsbane is a Scots “girl struggling to reconcile her religious beliefs with her power to turn into a wolf.”

Also on the character roster but yet to be officially cast are “Native American Danielle Moonstar…Brazilian ladies man Sunspot, a Kentuckian code-named Cannonball…. Also in the mix will be an alien named Warlock.”

It is worth noting that Fox is reported to be “making serious efforts to find ethnically appropriate actors, conducting wide searches for a Native American to play Moonstar and a South American for Sunspot.” Fingers crossed, eh?

Boone wrote the script for New Mutants with Knate Lee, while X-Men veteran Simon Kinberg is producing with Karen Rosenfelt (Twilight).

Production is set to begin in July so more casting announcements will be on the way.

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