It’s official! Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams and The Witch/Split‘s Anya Taylor-Joy have been cast in the upcoming X-Men spinoff New Mutants. This probably rings a bell, right? Well, that’s because rumors and speculation was floating around last year in March involving both Williams and Taylor-Joy. Fast forward to now and it seems director Josh Boone nabbed the two up-and-coming actresses he had his eye on from the beginning, with Williams playing Wolfsbane and Taylor-Joy playing Magik.
This is a great first step for the X-Men spinoff. Josh Boone, who is responsible for The Fault in Our Stars, has been hard at work since the film was first announced. Not too long, after both Williams and Taylor-Joy’s were a hot topic to join the film, but nothing ever came of it until now. We know the kind of power Williams can bring to the screen with her role as Arya Stark on the hugely popular HBO show. Anya Taylor-Joy will definitely be a less recognized name, but for those of us who know her work, we see the major potential she has and the kind of climb her career has already made through two films.
Wolfsbane, otherwise known as Rahne Sinclair, is a Scottish mutant who take the form of a wolf-human hybrid with some extremely strong feral instincts. While that’s the case, she comes from a religious background, which leaves her conflicted with her transformations. Magik a.k.a. Iliana Nikolievna, is a mutant from Russia (and also younger sister of Colossus from both the X-Men movies and Deadpool) who was gifted with the power of teleportation. By crossing over to a dimension known as Limbo, Magik can transport herself and others from one location to another, as well as through time and space. In the comics, she eventually became the Sorceress Supreme of Limbo.
Alongside Williams’ Wolfsbane and Taylor-Joy’s Magik, The Hollywood Reporter also reported that the spinoff will also include Danielle Moonstar, Sunspot, Cannonball, and the alien Warlock. It’s also expected that James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier will make an appearance, which does make sense since this New Mutants teams is usually a group of kids from Professor X’s School for Gifted Youngsters. It’s unclear whether it’s just a came or a substantial role. One last bit that’s worth noting, and as THR says, Fox “is making serious efforts to find ethnically appropriate actors, conducting wide searches for a Native American to play Moonstar and a South American for Sunspot.” Whether this happens or not, it’s great knowing the studio is at least trying. New Mutants has a set release date of April 13th, 2018.