This close to the beginning of filming, the New Mutants movie is still pretty much an unknown entity.
With no set story confirmed, no characters guaranteed, and no actors officially signed up, there’s not much that we know for certain about the movie that’s rumored to introduce magic into the X-Men cinematic universe.
That said, while we’ve not gotten any official word on who we’ll be seeing in the movie, we do have some pretty solid ideas of what actors will be appearing. Despite a formal confirmation of the role, The Witch actor Anya Taylor-Joy has spoken publicly about how she’s excited, but sworn to secrecy, about a potential role as Illyana Rasputin, better known as the mutant Magik in the comics.
“I’m a big fan so I’d love to be a part of it. I can’t say very much, but I would love to be a part of it. I think this year’s gonna be very exciting.”
No, it’s not a confirmation, but it’s anything but. Taylor-Joy is very excited about something coming for her this year which relates to New Mutants, but she’s unable to say more.
This, of course, is Hollywoodese for “Yes, I’m in that role, but I’ve signed a non-disclosure agreement”.
But this wasn’t all that Taylor-Joy gave away. The actor also inadvertently let slip a little piece of casting news which was perhaps even more of a secret than her own inclusion in the film: the fact that Fox is treating James McAvoy as a dead certain inclusion in New Mutants.
“I mean, I think James is already a part of it, isn’t he?”
Here’s hoping Taylor-Joy doesn’t get in trouble for this slip-up. It’s not often easy for actors to keep track of what production decisions are already common knowledge.
The decision to bring back McAvoy as Charles Xavier certainly makes sense, but it does mean that, contrary to popular belief, Fox might not be salting the earth with regards to their previous X-Men canon, and their former stars.
If Professor X makes an appearance, there’s a chance we could also see members of the new X-Men team that were assembled for Apocalypse – a return for fan favorite Quicksilver, or for baby Jean Grey, or Cyclops.
We could even have Mystique, if she stays in disguise for the entire film so that Fox doesn’t have to pay Jennifer Lawrence the world’s biggest salary to get her back.
Whatever’s on the horizon, it sounds like future X-Men movies will still connect to Bryan Singer’s pre-existing canon. This, of course, raises questions about how magic will be handled within this universe. A demon bear doesn’t quite fit with the grounded world of earlier X-Men films, nor does it sit well considering the grittier, more serious tone of Logan.
It remains to be seen how things will ultimately play out in New Mutants, but fans of James McAvoy’s Professor X at least have something to look forward to when the movie debuts next year.