As we count the weeks until X-Men: Apocalypse‘s release, news about 20th Century Fox’s other X-Men movie projects have finally begun to rise above the radar — specially surrounding the development of New Mutants. After news broke surrounding The Fault in Our Stars’ Josh Boone signing on to direct and co-write the script with Knate Gwaltney, news surrounding the project has gone quiet, until recent scoops brought fan excitement back to life around the project.
After Simon Kinberg (who is co-mastering the story of Fox’s X-Men Cinematic Universe) teased the New Mutants script’s “young adult” vibe, it was reported that three young stars were being considered for roles in the X-Men spin-off, including Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams. Recently, the young star fielded questions about these rumors and her thoughts on the growing superhero film genre in general.
While promoting Game of Thrones season 6, which airs on April 24th, Williams spoke with EW about rumors that have been swirling around her taking on the role of Wolfsbane in Boone’s New Mutants, 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, of course, will be part the X-Men franchise under Fox’s umbrella and not be a Marvel film (a la part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe). She went on to talk about the project with an informed depth, which might leave some fans wondering, saying “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.”
While the film has no release date (or even a greenlight, really) there’s been quite a bit of talk around New Mutants‘ progress behind the scenes. At the moment, there’s little more confirmed outside of the writing team and director, but after the success of Deadpool, FOX is seeking to build its X-Men franchise out into spin-offs in a manner not unlike other major studios today. Wolverine 3 is now rumored to introduce even more mutants to the franchise – and with the X-Men team due to grow even more after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse, the possibilities for spin-offs grows ever larger.
As for Williams, her interesting choices of wording regarding her role (she “can’t talk about it” and, if her answer is true, has been paying attention to the development of New Mutants) don’t necessarily do much to stop fueling the fires of her participation. The interesting parallel between Arya Stark’s Direwolf family crest (among other wolf-related elements of the character) and Wolfsbane’s abilities has been brought up several times over the course of the rumor’s growth – but Williams’ coy response is what makes it all the more believable.
X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters May 27th, 2016, followed by Wolverine 3 on March 3rd, 2017, and unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017 (possibly Gambit), January 12th, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and July 13th, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.