‘X-Men’ Spinoff ‘New Mutants’ Lands ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Maisie Williams
Anya Taylor-Joy (“Witch”) also joins Fox's Josh Boone-directed young adult filmMay 11, 2017
“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams (pictured above, left) and “Witch” star Anya Taylor-Joy (right) have signed on to star in “New Mutants,” Fox’s long-anticipated “X-Men” spinoff, according to reports published Thursday. The project—an ensemble young adult film—will be directed by Josh Boone (“The Fault in Our Stars”) with a script from Knate Gwaltney.
Williams, famous for playing Arya Stark on HBO’s popular fantasy drama, has been cast as a shapeshifting Scottish lycanthrope named Wolfsbane in “New Mutants.” She’s far from the only “Thrones” star to find new life in the Marvel universe—Sophie Turner, a.k.a. her on-screen sister Sansa, in fact just played a young mutant in 2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
Taylor-Joy, meanwhile, will play a dimension-hopping, sword-wielding Russian named Magik. Her character is also the sister of Colossus, a popular mutant who appeared in last year’s “Deadpool.”
Simon Kinberg and Karen Rosenfelt are producing “New Mutants,” which focuses on “the angst-driven adventures of a diverse group of teens,” according to Hollywood Reporter. Other characters still waiting to be cast include Danielle Moonstar, a Native American mutant; Sunspot, a Brazilian mutant; Cannonball, a Kentuckian mutant; and Warlock, a legitimate alien. According to the report, Fox is making serious attempts to cast the rest of the group with ethnically appropriate actors.
“New Mutants” was created by comic book icons Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod in the 1980s. Though it was the first “X-Men” spinoff, its cinematic adaption was only finally greenlit earlier this year.
“New Mutants” is scheduled to hit theaters April 13, 2018.