Rosario Dawson and Henry Saga are the latest names rumored to join the cast of New Mutants. Away from the main series of X-Men films that began back in 2000, Fox is quickly expanding its mutant universe with Marvel’s famous characters. Deadpool 2 is already on its way, while Gambit is lost in development, and Dark Phoenix is the next chapter of the X-Men series. Currently though, there’s a lot of chatter around director Josh Boone taking on New Mutants.
With reports that Dafne Keen’s X-23 won’t be appearing in next year’s New Mutants, and neither will James McAvoy or Nat Wolff, we have been hoping for some positive casting news surrounding New Mutants for a while. Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy are so far the only official cast members, but we may just have found two more famous faces to fill the ranks of Boone’s superpowered superstars.
EW and sources close to the production are reporting that Henry Zaga and Rosario Dawson will be climbing onboard Boone’s mutants adventure, when it starts shooting. While Dawson’s potential role remains a mystery, it is reported that Zaga is about to be announced for the role of Sunspot.
Recently known for his role as Brad in 13 Reasons Why, Zaga is certainly a star on the rise. As for Sunspot, he is a young mutant with the powers to absorb and channel solar power. Although Adan Canto portrayed the role in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sunspot’s inclusion in New Mutants is expected to be a much larger role. Dawson is no stranger to the world of comic book movie adaptations, having played the formidable Gail in both the Sin City films, as well as Claire Temple in The Defenders TV show corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Either way, they are both big names to have aboard.
Created by Chris Claremont in the early ’80s, the New Mutants line introduced a much younger incarnation of Xavier’s students; but apart from more junior talent, we know relatively little of what to expect from the film version. Similar to James Mangold’s Logan, Boone has promised that New Mutants won’t include your typical superhero flick and will instead be going down more of a horror genre route. The plot will presumably focus on the eponymous team as they are forced to grow up and accept their powers; though it is also speculated that Boone is loosely adapting the “Demon Bear” saga from 1984, here.