Sony has always been looking for ways to extend its mutant film list. With the success of Deadpool, now the highest grossing R-rated film of all time, and the likely success of X-men: Apocalypse, Sony has decided to add more to this roster.
New Mutants is Sony’s newest film in the series. X-Men producer Simon Kinberg, says: “New Mutants… has its own unique, original voice to it…. That’s the fun for me, working in the X-Men universe, creating these sort of standalone movies that have a different vibe to them.”
Kinberg also teased at who would likely be in the team: “There’s a long, long list of names, and I’ll tell you some of the names on that list I don’t even know.”
It’s likely this means that not only will there be the mutants that normal fans will know but it is likely there will be some that only the comic book fans, or diehard fans, will know. This is a very good idea because it brings more of the mutant world to the masses.
Kinberg also stated that “some familiar faces” could be seen. It is likely Deadpool may be one of these characters. Whether that’s good or not is unclear, Deadpool was good as Deadpool, in a film based on other mutants though his appearance could be just to get laughs. It could however also mean the appearance of some of the A-listers like Storm, Wolverine, Mystique etc. However, lesser known, but still familiar, faces such as Negasonic Teenage Warhead are the most likely to be seen.
Recently, there has been news that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will be joining the cast along with The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy. It has also been reported that Williams will be playing Wolfsbane and Taylor-Joy is to play Magik. James McAvoy’s Proffessor Xavier is also set to appear.
New Mutants, created by Chris Clemont and Bob McLeod, frst appeared in 1982. It focuses on a group of teenage mutants as heroes in training. It was where many lesser known mutants, such as Magik, Cypher and Cannonball, made appearances.
The film will be directed by Fault in our Stars director Josh Boon.