Last month, a report circled the Web that claimed Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), and Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) were being eyed for roles in Josh Boone’s upcoming adaptation of New Mutants. Shipp would obviously reprise her role of Storm, while Williams was said to be up for Wolfsbane and Taylor-Joy for Magik. Fox came out and stated that the report was false, but now it looks like at least one detail may have possibly been slightly accurate…? Let us explain.
Entertainment Weekly caught up Williams to get her take on the rumblings. While the actress’ statement refutes any claims that she was actually cast in the film, but it also seems to suggests that there are talks with the studio.
Here’s what she said:
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.
Wolfsbane, the shape-shifting lycan mutant, seems right up Williams alley. The actress, 19, made a name for herself as the tough lil’ tight on Game of Thrones, and she’s since dabbled in the realm of Doctor Who, and she has a role in the sci-fi film iBoy (about a boy who develops abilities when his brain is embedded with parts of his smartphone — yes, really) coming down the pipeline. It would also give Williams an excuse to join the cinematic universe that already features her Game of Thrones sister Sophie Turner, who’ll debut as Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse with Shipp.
Boone, who directs the film from a script he’s co-writing with Knate Lee, recently announced the submission of his second draft to Simon Kinberg, who’s been involved with the franchise with writing, producing, or both since X-Men: The Last Stand. In turn, Kinberg teased the film’s “YA vibe” and compared it to Deadpool in that it too has a unique take and tone compared to the rest of the X-Men films.