Following an extensive search, Fox's The New Mutants has cast the key role of Danielle Moonstar.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, relative newcomer Blu Hunt (The Originals) has boarded director Josh Boone's X-Men spinoff. She was rumored to be on the shortlist just last week.
She joins a rapidly expanding cast that includes Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy (Atlantis) as Magik, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Cannonball and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Sunspot. Rosario Dawson, known for her role on Marvel's Netflix dramas, is reportedly in talks to play Dr. Cecilia Reyes, who will serve as the team's mentor, in place of Charles Xavier.
In Marvel Comics canon, Danielle Moonstar (aka Mirage/Psyche) is a Cheyenne mutant who can create illusions based on her opponents' greatest fears and wishes. One of the leaders of the group of teenagers, she plays a central role in the influential 1984 storyine "The Demon Bear Saga," which is thought to be a significant influence on the film.
The New Mutants is described by Boone (The Fault In Our Stars) as “a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe,” one without costumes or supervillains. A plot synopsis suggests the film will deviate significantly from the source material: “Held in a secret facility against their will, five new mutants have to battle the dangers of their powers, as well as the sins of their past. They aren’t out to save the world — they’re just trying to save themselves.”
The New Mutants arrives in theaters April 13, 2018.