Official information about Fox's upcoming "New Mutants" feature film has been hard to come by. Aside from the fact that it's being helmed by "Fault In Our Stars" writer/director Josh Boone and will most likely feature Anya Taylor-Joy and Maisie Williams in the cast, not much else is known about it. The same goes for the official follow-up to 2016's "X-Men: Apocalypse," which hasn't been announced by Fox despite reports that it's filming in the first half of 2017. Now there's another possibility for both X-Men movies: James McAvoy may be coming back for more.
The actor, who played Professor Charles Xavier in "X-Men: First Class," "Days of Future Past" and "Apocalypse," recently posted a picture of himself and original Professor X Patrick Stewart enjoying a meal with "X-Men" franchise producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker. The caption reads, "I can't wait for the summer."
That seems to indicate that McAvoy will be involved in one -- or possibly both -- of the upcoming X-Men films. Recently, "New Mutants" actor Anya Taylor-Joy hinted that McAvoy will appear in "New Mutants." “I mean, I think James [McAvoy] is already a part of it, isn’t he?” wondered Taylor-Joy.
It would make sense for McAvoy's Xavier to appear in "The New Mutants." The character of Xavier played a major role in the first few years of the original "New Mutants" comic; he gathered the team and trained them.
There's also the matter of "X-Men: Supernova," though, which seems to be picking up where "Apocalypse" left off. Jean Grey actor Sophie Turner recently revealed that the next X-Men film will be shooting before she begins production on the next season of "Game of Thrones." This film has not yet been officially announced, so it's still not known who else will be returning to the franchise for the film. It's possible that McAvoy will also appear in "Supernova" (which is so far still the film's working title) along with "New Mutants."
Of course there are some timeline concerns when it comes to McAvoy appearing in both "Supernova" and "New Mutants." If "Supernova" follows the trend of recent X-movies, it will be set in the early-to-mid '90s, with "X-Men: Apocalypse's" teen actors now playing characters in their mid-to-late 20s. We're still not entirely sure when "New Mutants" takes place; it's possible the film will be set in the '80s (like the source material) or it could be closer to present day. If McAvoy is in both films, it's possible he'll be playing two Xaviers of two different ages at around the same time -- or it's likely that he's just in one film or the other.
“New Mutants” is slated to begin production in Montreal in late April while “Supernova” will begin production in Montreal in mid May.