Earlier this month, word surfaced that ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Doctor Who’ star Maisie Williams had been cast in 20th Century Fox’s ‘New Mutants’ movie, a spinoff from the ‘X-Men’ franchise. Director Josh Boone recently submitted a second draft of the script and it’s entirely possible that if production begins this year, the film could be out next year.
Williams was reportedly cast as werewolf shapeshifter Wolfsbane, a young Scottish girl who could morph into a wolf or a half-human, half-wolf hybrid. At the same time as the rumors that Williams had been cast, word came that Anya Taylor-Joy (‘The Witch’) had been cast as fellow mutant Magik and that Alexandra Shipp‘s Storm, who will debut this year in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ would also play a pivotal role.
Well, it appears those rumors were just that, rumors. It appears that maybe some talks took place but Williams has not been locked in to play Rahne Sinclair. While promoting ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Six, she took a moment to address this buzz, saying:
“I can’t say much about it at all, but I would absolutely love to be a part of it, [and] to be a part of the Marvel family. New Mutants looks absolutely incredible and I’ve always loved the idea of spin-offs and [director] Joshua Boone is incredibly talented. So, yeah, sign me up.”
We can only hope! If Williams joins the cinematic ‘X-Man’ universe, she will be joining her ‘GoT’ sister/costar Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on ‘GoT’ and is embodying Jean Grey in ‘Apocalypse’. Williams also appeared in a Funny or Die video with Patrick Stewart, a.k.a. Professor X, although he has since been supplanted by James McAvoy.
Reportedly, Wolfsbane and Magik will appear along with Mirage, Cannonball and Sunspot in the film which will have a YA tone, fitting for Boone who directed the hit ‘The Fault In Our Stars’. This is reportedly in keeping with Fox’s desire to present a diverse slate with their ‘X-Men’ movies, something begun with megasmash ‘Deadpool’ which took on a completely different vibe than the existing franchise.
What do you think? Would you like to see Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane?
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