12Cannonball (Samuel Guthrie) – Alden Ehrenreich

Cannonball and Alden Ehrenreich side-by-side

Samuel Zachary Guthrie is a southern gentleman with old fashioned values and a strong work ethic. As a founding member of the New Mutants, Cannonball rose through the ranks to become a member of the X-Force, and later the X-Men, due to his reliable and trustworthy personality – along

with his ability to fly at jet speeds. As a character who is defined by his beliefs, this young mutant is often described as a natural born leader with integrity. Sam is written as a bit of a mild-mannered persona throughout the comics, but his consummate leadership attributes allowed him to act as the eventual co-captain for this group of young heroes.

Alden Ehrenreich has only recently built up a name for himself with his role in the Coen brother's latest directorial effort Hail, Caesar!, but has continued his charge toward stardom with the announcement that he is slated to star as young Han Solo in an upcoming Star Wars anthology film. Future roles aside, Ehrenreich has already nailed the audition to play Cannonball in the upcoming New Mutants film, with his portrayal of easygoing southern boy, Hobie Doyle, in the aforementioned Coen brothers movie. The character of Samuel Guthrie is perhaps less comedic than that of Hobie Doyle, but nevertheless, this up-and-comer certainly has the chops to lead a film of this magnitude.

Cannonball and Alden Ehrenreich side-by-side
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