‘X-Men’ Buzz: ‘The New Mutants’ Cast Change; ‘The Dark Phoenix’ Brings Back Quicksilver


Production on the next X-Men movie, The New Mutants, is scheduled to begin in Boston next month, which means that the cast is still being finalized. We know that Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga and Blu Hunt will star in the movie, which follows a group of young mutants as they learn how to control their superpowers while seeking to escape a secret facility.

Last month we heard that Rosario Dawson was in talks to play Dr. Cecilia Reyes, a mentor for the teenage mutants. Now comes word that Dawson will not be joining the project. Instead, another quality actress is stepping in for her and will portray the good doctor.

Alice Braga, star on both the big screen (I Am Legend; Predators; Ardor, above) and the small screen (TV’s Queen of the South), has joined the cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Josh Boone, who cowrote the script and will direct, intends to make “a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe,” without costumes or supervillains, which sounds very, very intriguing.

The New Mutants is due for theatrical release on April 13, 2018.

X-Men: Apocalypse

Meanwhile, another installment in the superhero series is also in the casting process. We’ve already heard that James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) and Sophie Turner (Jean Grey) will reprise their roles in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, while Jessica Chastain is reportedly in talks to portray a villainous character.

While we were glad to hear that a character new to the movies, mutant pop star Dazzler, will make an appearance, we’ve been wondering which other mutants will be showing up. Two more characters have now been confirmed: Evan Peters (above in X-Men: Apocalypse) will reprise his role as speedy mutant Quicksilver and Lamar Johnson will play a mysterious character whose identity has not yet been revealed, according to THR.

The report indicates that younger mutants played by Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) will also be returning. Simon Kinberg will direct.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix will open in theaters on November 2, 2018.