The long development of Fox's New Mutants has been rocky and slow, but fans have held on thanks to a committed director and a few prospective cast members. With Josh Boone at the helm and the source material at the ready, New Mutants offers a potential change in direction from the standard X-Men story. While the story itself has been kept under wraps, rumors have flown far and wide regarding the casting choices.
Back in March, all that came to a head with a rumor that Anya Taylor-Joy was set to play Magik, along with Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane and Alexandra Shipp reprising her X-Men: Apocalypse role as Storm. Fox did not confirm any reports, so news on official casting is still very much up in the air. In the meantime, though, quotes from the three actresses have been making headlines. Recently, while promoting her new film Morgan, Taylor-Joy was asked to address the casting rumor.
"I think the [X-Men] world is really fascinating," she said during an interview with IGN. "I'd love to be a part of it. It would be wonderful." It may not be much to go on, but at the very least Taylor-Joy is aware of the comic's themes and can see herself being part of it. The prospective casting of Taylor-Joy, along with Williams and Shipp, are good indicators that the film will stick to its "young adult vibe" that producer Simon Kinberg (who will be working on the next "mainline" of X-Men movies) hinted at during the film's early development. Shipp has also expressed her interest in the film, stating that she'd like to cameo or star as Storm as many times as she can.
As it stands, one of the only major casting confirmations for the film has come from Kinberg himself, and the capacity of the role remains vague. “Right now, as the movie exists, Professor X would be a part of a New Mutants movie," Kinberg told Collider. If Shipp's Storm is attached to the film, the easy guess would be that James McAvoy will return as Charles Xavier for the film, as an early report suggested.
As for Anya Taylor-Joy, the actress - best known for her role in The Witch - has otherwise done a pretty good job of steering clear of questions about her possible role in the film, perhaps because nothing is set in stone (or contract) just yet. Still the fact that he finds the X-Men universe "fascinating" is definitely a positive sign.
Wolverine 3 opens in U.S. theaters on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017, March 2nd, 2018, and June 29th, 2018. Deadpool 2, Gambit, New Mutants and X-Force are currently in development.