After a year of rumors, Fox on Thursday finally confirmed that Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy will star in New Mutants as Marvel Comics characters Wolfsbane and Magik. The latter drew a warm welcome from the voice of Colossus in Deadpool.
Asked on Twitter what he thought of the casting of Taylor-Joy (Split, Atlantis), actor Stefan Kapičić responded, “Great actress and a perfect sister. Welcome to X-Men family.
— Stefan Kapičić (@StefanKapicic) May 12, 2017
In Marvel Comics lore, Magik, aka Ilyana Rasputin, is indeed the younger sister of Colossus, so it will be interesting to see if New Mutants includes a nod to the X-Man, or even a cameo. A mutant who can teleport herself and others through time and space by way of Limbo, Magik also became sorcerer supreme of that dimension.
Directed by Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars), the film is reportedly based on “The Demon Bear Saga,” the influential 1984 Marvel Comics storyline in which the teenage students of Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters are isolated from the world, and their mentors, by a freak snowstorm, and must band together to save their teammate Danielle Moonstar, and themselves, from the enormous demonic bear that killed her parents.
In addition to Wolfsbane and Magik, the film is expected to feature classic New Mutants characters Moonstar, Cannonball, Sunspot and Warlock. New Mutants is targeted to begin filming this summer in Montreal for a release on April 13, 2018.