Alice Braga has joined the upcoming X-Men spinoff The New Mutants as fan-favorite comics character Dr. Cecilia Reyes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rosario Dawson, of Marvel Netflix fame, was to play the character until she departed the project for a reason that has not been made clear.
Introduced by Scott Lobdell and Carlos Pacheco in 1997’s X-Men #96, Cecilia Reyes has appeared frequently over the past two decades as a supporting character, sometimes as the team’s resident physician. In Marvel Comics lore, a one-time member of the X-Men who can project a protective bio-force field around herself, Dr. Cecilia Reyes will serve as a mentor to the young mutants in the film.
Directed by The Fault in Our Stars' Josh Boone, The New Mutants will reportedly borrow heavily from the work of fan-favorite New Mutants comics creators Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, in particular the critically-acclaimed "Demon Bear Saga" arc that found the teenage students of Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters isolated from their mentors and the world by a freak snowstorm and forced to overcome their own differences to save themselves and their teammate Danielle Moonstar from a demonic bear that killed her parents.
The New Mutants is described by the director as “a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe.” A reported plot synopsis reads: “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 is expected to begin production in July in Montreal, ahead of its release on April 13, 2018. The film stars Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy (Atlantis) as Magik, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Cannonball, Blu Hunt (The Originals) as Dani Moonstar and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Sunspot. Braga's Dr. Cecilia Reyes will fill in for James McAvoy's Professor Charles Xavier in a mentor-type role.