It's Official! Anya Taylor-Joy and Maisie Williams Join New Mutants Cast

Anya Taylor Joy is stepping into the troubled shoes of Magik

After New Mutants concept art surfaced earlier this year depicting Game of Thrones' favorite serial murderperson, Arya "Maisie Williams" Stark as the X-Men character Rahne Sinclair (a.k.a. Wolfsbane), the internet has been waiting patiently for official word on her casting, as well as more details about this and the other forthcoming X-Men spin-off films. Williams will play Wolfsbane, a Scottish mutant who has the power to transform into a wolf (duh) and struggles with her religious beliefs. Her inclusion in this line-up definitely hints at the kind of teenage angst New Mutants will traffic in (and after The Fault in Our Stars, I'm all about more Josh Boone-helmed teen angst).

Williams and Taylor-Joy are the first key cast members in Boone's diverse ensemble, which will also include Danielle Moonstar, Sunspot, Cannonball, and an alien named Warlock.

Taylor-Joy will play Magik, a girl who has learned sorcery and uses teleportation discs to travel. Last year, it was heavily rumored that Williams and Taylor-Joy had joined the cast of the film as these characters, now officially confirmed.


According to the report, New Mutants is expected to begin filming in July. THR notes that 20th Century 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". They may have lost the fans with movies like X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Simon Kinberg and Karen Rosenfelt are producing. While Taylor-Joy was most recently in Split, she left quite an impression in 2016's The Witch, where she tackled the hard lead role with courage and grit.

New Mutants is due out on April 13, 2018, so we can expect the rest of that cast to come together very soon.

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