The New Mutants’ cast definitely seems to be coming together, with Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy signed up to play Wolfsbane and Magik respectively, and Rosario Dawson all but confirmed for a role.
Now, THR reports that Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton is in negotiations to join the cast as Sam Guthrie, AKA Cannonball. “a teen who propels himself into the air and is invulnerable while doing so.” Death Note star Nat Wolff had previously been rumoured for the role, but his involvement was debunked when Williams and Taylor-Joy were confirmed.
The Tracking Board reports that 13 Reasons Why star Henry Zaga will indeed be playing Bobby Da Costa, aka Sunspot, as per the rumours.
The THR report also has some information about the character that Dawson could be playing, described as “a mentor figure, a medical doctor who has the ability to generate a protective biofield around herself,” and they reaffirm that The New Mutants will indeed be taking a horror approach. They even go as far as to say that Fox is “looking to redefine the superhero genre as it did with Deadpool and Logan, and is focusing on giving the spinoff a horror-thriller bent.”
It makes sense to try to stand out among the flurry of X-Men movies coming next year, and both those aforementioned films have certainly shown that audiences are excited about doing something different in this universe (provided it’s good, of course).
Meanwhile, the roles of “Native American Danielle Moonstar” and “an alien named Warlock” have yet to be cast.
The New Mutants “will tell of a diverse cadre of teens learning to cope with their superpowers….These new mutants find themselves held in a secret facility against their will and must battle the dangers of their powers, as well as the sins of their past.” The movie will begin shooting in Boston in July
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