Josh Boone is beginning to realize his vision as the writer-director sees two more faces come aboard his title New Mutants. Marvel's X-Men spinoff will introduce audiences to a raft of classic comic book characters including Magik, Wolfsbane, Dani Moonstar, Cannonball, Warlock, Sunspot and Mirage.
Now the filmmaker knows exactly who will be performing the latter two, as 20th Century Fox have discovered a couple of emerging talents. After months of speculation linking him to the role, 13 Reasons Why star Henry Zaga will play Sunspot while Blu Hunt is taking on Dani Moonstar, a.k.a. Mirage. Her best credit to date lies with the television series The Originals.
Picture Almost Complete For Main Players
The window is closing for those keen on a part in the 2018 installment, with most of the key roles locked up by the studio. It was confirmed last month that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will link up with her HBO co-star Sophie Turner (Jean Grey) portraying Wolfsbane. This was followed by the announcement that Stranger Things regular Charlie Heaton would become Cannonball.
Throw in Marvel regular Rosario Dawson for Dr. Celia Reyes and Anya Taylor-Joy for Colossus' sister Magik and all that is left is the crucial character Warlock. Given Fox's track record on this project, it will likely be an actor in their late teens to early 20s as they forecast forward for a prolonged stay in the role.
Producer: Gambit Movie Still Very Much In Our Plans
Marvel producer Hutch Parker is spinning a lot of plates at once right now, but one that refuses to disappear is the on-again, off-again spinoff feature Gambit. Hollywood star Channing Tatum has been linked with the role for years and despite connections with DC and Shazam!, the filmmaker told ScreenRant that the movie is still a viable entity.
"It is. It is (still part of our plans)," Parker explained. "I don’t have any news on that but there’s still a desire and a passionate interest to see that movie made."
Identifying his colleague Simon Kinberg as the man to make it happen, Parker insists that the narrative has to fit with the timing of the release, arguing that it could get lost amid a wave of other flicks within the genre.
"You know, it’s a crowded field of superhero films so the challenge for Gambit or any of those other movies is finding its unique space and its unique take. But, yeah, I think Simon Kinberg, who is producing it, is a great producer and he’ll create something great out of it."
New Mutants will premiere April 13, 2018.