It seems James McAvoy will not be returning as Professor Charles Xavier in the upcoming X-Men film New Mutants from The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone.
Both Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) were confirmed earlier today to have boarded the cast for New Mutants. Each star was long rumored to have been eyed for their roles along with McAvoy reprising his role as Professor X and Nat Wolff joining the franchise as Cannonball but according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Bory’s Kit, sources close to the project say that McAvoy and Wolff will not be appearing in the upcoming film. You can check out his tweets below.
On NEW MUTANTS: other rumored castings – James McAvoy as Prof X – not true. He is not in movie, per sources.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) May 11, 2017
On #NewMutants: other rumored casting – Nat Wolff as Canonball – not happening either.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) May 11, 2017
Cannonball will still be included in the film as the picture will feature the angst-driven adventures of the teen mutants including the aforementioned Cannonball along with Magik (Joy) and Wolfsbane (Williams) as well as Moonstar and lastly Sunspot, who was recently rumored to be set for an introduction in the upcoming Deadpool sequel set to debut June 1, 2018, however, Deadpool and Deadpool 2 screenwriter Rhett Reese shut that rumor down.
So what do you think? Are you excited for the new addition to the X-Men franchise? Are you disappointed McAvoy may not be appearing as Professor X? Or do you think New Mutants is better off distancing itself from the confusing continuity established in the previous X-Men films? Let us know in the comments below.
Production on the film is expected to begin this July with a script written by Boone along with his writing partner, Knate Gwaltney. Simon Kinberg and Karen Rosenfelt will produce the project.
New Mutants hits in theaters on April 13, 2018.
‘X-Men’: How Fox Can Get A ‘Dark Phoenix’ Film Right This Time
Nowadays, you can’t blink without news of a superhero film hitting the web. As we are in the age of the superhero film, we must remember that not that long ago a film based on a comic book property was almost laughed at. Now, superhero films are the billion dollar mega-blockbusters we all know and love. Sure, superhero movies have existed before the ones that are now dominating the box office, but the entire genre almost got a big adrenaline shot with 2000’s X-Men coming out and giving us an earnest adaptation of our favorite mutant superheroes. Since then, there have been 10 movies within Fox’s X-Men universe alone, with 3 new films coming in 2018 and at least 3 more in development.
While not all the X-Men film has been sure hits, they have done some great course-correcting in the newer movies, starting with First Class. The prequel/reboot films gave Fox the opportunity to reset some of their faults from some of the early films (looking at you X-Men: The Last Stand). And Days of Future Past helped correct some of their timeline snappoos and gave us some much-needed closure on the earlier X-Men films. With X-Men: Apocalypse, we were introduced to a young Scott Summers and a young Jean Grey. With the reintroduction of Jean Grey and the great final act of X-Men: Apocalypse, it looks like we might possibly be getting a proper Dark Phoenix storyline on the horizon. Last year, we here at Heroic Hollywood broke the news that a Dark Phoenix movie was in development.
Lucky for us, Fox is moving forward with the movie and X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to hit theaters November 2, 2018. This gives them the rare opportunity to “get it right.” Because let’s face it, X-Men: The Last Stand did not do the story of the Dark Phoenix justice. The third film of the original X-Men movies as a whole was not well put together. The film tried to juggle too many storylines and did not really give each of the separate stories their justice. By giving the Dark Phoenix angle another look, Fox has the chance to do some course correcting. Here are some ways X-Men: Dark Phoenix can succeed. Click Next to take a look…