Actress Maisie Williams has shot down a rash of recent rumors that Fox is planning extensive reshoots of New Mutants. Williams, who is most famous for playing the role of Arya Stark on Game of Thrones, will be playing the role of Rahne Sinclair (a.k.a. Wolfsbane) in the upcoming movie based on the classic X-Men spinoff comic.
The rumors came in the wake of the recent merger between Walt Disney and Fox Studios and a series of movie release schedule changes that would prevent top-release films from both studios from competing with each other. This included Deadpool 2 being moved forward two weeks so it would not open one week after Solo: A Star Wars Tale and New Mutants shifting from April 13, 2018 to February 22, 2019. Differing reports suggested that portions of New Mutants were being reshot to make it less of a superhero movie and more of a "full-fledged horror film" and that scenes were being added to tie the film directly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Williams refuted the rumors in an exclusive interview with Screen Rant. When asked about the post-production changes to New Mutants and whether or not she would be needed for further filming, Williams confirmed that she was not scheduled for any more work beyond her recent recording of Automated Dialogue Replacement (ADR) tracks for the film.
"I think everything you've just rattled off is just rumors. But we're releasing early next year and I'm properly excited. I've seen little parts of it and I've done a load of ADR for it and it's really exciting watching it all back. It feels a long while since we've done it, and I always enjoy going seeing little bits of it before it's released, so I'm looking forward to it coming out."
Despite Williams' reassurances, it is easy to see how rumors about New Mutants being in trouble could have spread so quickly. A ten month delay on a film that was only three months away from its theatrical release is highly unusual, particularly once a theatrical trailer has been released. New Mutants had also already received a large amount of promotion online, including a series of teaser trailers on Twitter. Why pull back now if the movie wasn't in trouble?
Apart from reports that the post-production team wanted extra time to fine-tune the special effects on New Mutants, it seems likely that Disney and Fox might not want to overlap their Marvel Comics' related movies any more than they have to. With six superhero movies scheduled in as many months between the two studios, it seems reasonable to think fear that an unknown property like New Mutants might get lost in the shuffle between long-awaited releases such as Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The new schedule change should allow New Mutants to stand apart, one way or the other.
- New Mutants (2019) release date: Aug 02, 2019
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- Gambit (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020