‘The New Mutants’ movie is progressing in its production, on pace to be released early next year – but word has now come that the film will be moving forward without Rosario Dawson in the film.
Dawson was set to play Celia Reyes, a doctor and mentor of sorts to the young-mutant team, but she has left the production due to undisclosed reasons, per THR. Replacing her in the role is Alice Braga, whom movie-going fans may recognize from her roles in ‘Elysium’ and ‘Queen of the South,’ among others.
Braga will join other stars on set such as Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, and Henry Zaga. The film is being directed by Josh Boone, best known for also helming 2014’s coming-of-age story ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ based on the novel of the same name.
Boone and production company Fox appear to be taking a rather unique approach to ‘The New Mutants.’ While the film will exist as part of the larger X-Men universe – with unconfirmed rumors of either or both James McAvoy as Professor X and/or Alexandra Shipp as Storm set to appear – the film doesn’t seem to be making much of that connection from a marketing standpoint. At one time, the film was being referred to as ‘X-Men: The New Mutants,’ but the prefix has been absent from most of Fox’s marketing efforts thus far.
As for the type of film being made, Boone said in a previous interview:
“We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.”
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‘New Mutants’ will be released wide in American theaters on April 13, 2018.