Last night, Fox finally announced the first two cast members of the upcoming New Mutants: Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik and Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane. The two had been the frontrunners for those roles since last year and it was nice to have the news officially confirmed. With an expected July filming date, we still have a while to go before we see these two in costume, but one artist decided to render up their own interpretation. Check out this very excellent sketch of Taylor-Joy and Willaims in full costume.
This sketch comes from the very talented Phil Noto, a comic book artist who has drawn for Marvel in the past (his work on Black Widow is no joke, people), who posted this drawing to his Twitter account. It should be noted that this is not an official sketch of the two characters, just Noto's personal interpretation of what the two would look like. If the movie version is even a little like this, though, we could all probably consider this a win. He does a great job of rendering the two actresses in the classic comic book outfits, even though it's likely the film will go a bit different of a route, costume-wise.
News broke last night that Anya Taylor-Joy and Maisie Williams had been cast in Fox's New Mutants, a film that takes place in the X-Men film universe. Taylor-Joy, the cinematic Magik, broke out in The Witch (or The VVitch if you're a format stickler) and was most recently seen in M. Night Shyamalan's surprisingly good Split. Maise Willaims is best known for her role as Arya Stark on Game Thrones. She will portray Wolfsbane, a mutant with wolf-based shapeshifting powers, in New Mutants.
Not too much is known about New Mutants as the moment, but new casting news has to be right around the corner. Production still has to fill out the roles of Dani Moonstar, Sunspot, Cannonball and an alien named Warlock -- if the cast rumors are led to be believed. Like Anya Taylor-Joy and Maisie Williams, Nat Wolff had been rumored to be up for the role of Cannonball, but that is apparently no longer the case. James McAvoy's Professor X was also thought to be making an appearance in New Mutants, but that has likewise had doubt thrown on it.
Written and directed by Josh Boone, New Mutants is said takes cues from the YA genre, and will feature the classic lineup of the team. The plot has been kept under tight wraps but the rumors have pointed to the Demon Bear (literally what it sounds like) as an antagonist. It's unknown at what point in the X-Men timeline the movie will take place.
New Mutants is currently scheduled to hit theaters on April 13, 2018.