After approximately a year of rumors, and a few months after a confirmed announcement, we’re getting The New Mutants casting news! Popular fancast (and Arya on Game of Thrones) Maisie Williams will play Rahne “Wolfsbane” Sinclair. Additionally, Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch) will portray Illyana “Magik” Rasputin.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The New Mutants will follow the classic version of the comic book team: Magik, Wolfsbane, Dani Moonstar, Sunspot, Cannonball, and Warlock. THR doesn’t say anything about Doug Ramsey or Xi’an Coy Manh appearing, however. Given Xi’an (a.k.a. Karma) is one of the founding members of the team, this could be a point of contention for fans, especially given her position as one of the first major lesbians in mainstream comic books.
THR also reports that Fox is putting forth significant effort to find racially accurate actors to portray Dani, a Cheyenne Native American, and Roberto da Costa, a Brazilian generally depicted as dark-skinned. Fox previously cast mixed-race Blackfoot Native BooBoo Stewart as Warpath in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and a light-skinned Mexican actor named Adan Canto when Sunspot appeared in the same film. Otherwise, ethnicity-accurate casting has not been a priority for the Fox XMCU — all of the Jewish characters, for example, are played by white non-Jewish people, which becomes particularly egregious in the person of “Peter” Maximoff, the XMCU’s version of Quicksilver. In the comics, for many years, Maximoff was of mixed Jewish-Romani ancestry, and this has never been reflected in casting Quicksilver in either film series he appears in. So, overall, it’s good to see specific reference to attempts at racially-accurate casting being made, in the view of people who care about that kind of accuracy.
Currently, The New Mutants is set to premier on April 13, 2018, and will be directed by Josh Boone from a screenplay by Boone and his writing partner, Knate Lee.