Let’s get something out of the way first: the New Mutants never had much luck when it came to live-action adaptations. With a blemish like the 90’s cringeworthy Generation X on their resume (one of FOX‘s earlier attempts to bring superheroes into the mainstream), you’d think they wouldn’t really try and bring back that particular team of teenage mutants, despite the considerable nerd-mythos that Chris Claremont has already set up. However, following Deadpool‘s success, the studio seem to be willing to give this mutant reboot another go…
According to the latest nerd-happenings on the interwebs, the new New Mutants film is rumored to have already cast shapeshifting-noble-girl-assassin-in-training Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) in the role of Wolfsbane, AKA Rahne Sinclair, who was a member of the original team. Her powers include being able to transform into a werewolf, with all the added benefits of a near-Wolverine level of regeneration, some serious strength enhancements and overall Scottish brooding. Also, team-hopping after 5 years of sticking with the teen mutants.
Maisie won’t be going at it alone, however, since she will be joined by Anya Taylor-Joy, in the role of Magick, sister to Colossus. True to form, the new mutant possesses the suite of powers that suit her name, including arcane magic and the ability to teleport through time and space at will, which we assume will play into the larger paradox that will plague the film, 40 minutes into the first screening. What’s interesting is that the new casting also includes a reference to Storm, played by Alexandra Shipp. This will be the actress’ second appearance in the FOX Marvel Universe, after her debut in Apocalypse and an interesting branch out of the original 80’s lineup. Perhaps Shipp will be going back into time to teach those teenagers the ropes, or maybe the New Mutants will be making their debut in the present day, an option which is supported by Negasonic Teenage Warhead‘s costume in Deadpool. We’re guessing FOX are perhaps taking their first steps into a larger, thankfully cohesive, continuity.
The rumors go on to state that the development team are also considering Samuel Guthrie in the role of Cannonball, Roberto da Costa as Sunspot and Dani Moonstar as Mirage. This line-up does serve to create an IRL casting paradox however, as da Costa had already played that part back in Days Of Future Past, but we’re guessing that time is a collection of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey bits that do stuff and history is wiped clean and history isn’t a bubble, it’s a chain link fence or something.
While the plot details are still under wraps, we know that the screenplay is currently being written by Josh Boone (the young and walking Professor X) with Knate Gwaltney. In a recent IGN interview, Simon Kinberg, the film’s producer, teased the audience by saying:
“Josh Boone and his writing partner are working on the script. They’re doing a really nice job of it, and it’s a really cool one, because in many ways, like Deadpool was so different from the mainline X-Men movies, New Mutants… It’s maybe not as different as Deadpool, but it has its own unique, original voice to it…That’s the fun for me, working in the X-Men universe, creating these sort of standalone movies that have a different vibe to them. And New Mutants has more of a YA [Young Adult] vibe to it.”
We won’t lie: the YA tone doesn’t sound like such great news, but maybe we’re way ahead of the target audience. Maybe that just means it’ll be good, pointless fun to sit through. Or maybe we’re just scared we might end up with this again: