The first look at Charlie Heaton’s training process for New Mutants has been revealed. The news arrives just a few weeks after the initial reports of Heaton being in talks to play Cannonball in the film – itself, yet another spin-off installment in Fox’s growing X-Men cinematic universe. This time, however, the movie will feature a cast of entirely new characters to the universe, based on the Marvel comic book series of the same name. And right at the center of that ensemble will be Heaton, following his breakout turn in season one of Netflix’s Stranger Things.
Heaton won’t be the only exciting up and coming actor that fans can expect to see in New Mutants either. Both Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) have been confirmed to be playing Magik and Wolfsbane in the film as well, along with Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Sunspot and Blu Hunt as Mirage. Rosario Dawson is also set for New Mutants, wherein she will play one of the central, older characters among the predominantly-teenaged crew of mutants.
And while the New Mutants ensemble continues to come together – with casting calls out right now for the roles of Karma and Warlock – a brand new photo of Heaton training for the film has been revealed online. It was posted by the personal trainer known as Bevan through his official Instagram account, following one of his recent sessions working with Heaton in preparation for the film. Check out the image for yourself in the space down below:
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While very little about the plot for the film has been revealed, New Mutants is described as a “full-fledged horror movie” by director Josh Boone, with a tone that combines the collective work of Stephen King and John Hughes. Not only does that sound like yet another interesting and exciting way for Fox to continue to diversify the look and feel of their cinematic X-Men universe, it also coincidentally enough, sounds remarkably similar to the tone that Heaton and his co-stars navigated in the first season of Stranger Things.
Now, it’s hard to know just how much of a physical transformation Heaton will actually be going through to play Cannonball in New Mutants, especially since he’s not necessarily a character in the comic books who demands that the actor looks as identical as possible to him, physically, in order to be taken seriously. Still, the photo itself hints at a kind of dedication to getting these characters right from both Heaton and his co-stars, that comic book fans and general moviegoers alike can look forward to seeing pay off on the big screen – when New Mutants hits theaters next year.