Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen almost played Warlock in The New Mutants in Josh Boone’s initial pitch for the film.
With many fans excited to finally see The New Mutants in theaters after its numerous delays, director Josh Boone revealed that Sacha Baron Cohen was his choice to play the techno-organic alien hero, Warlock in his initial pitch for the film. The director recently pointed out that he doesn’t think the team would fit in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Disney’s acquisition of Fox. But in a recent interview with Nerdist, he revealed some of his plans for Sacha Baron Cohen’s Warlock.
Josh Boone told Nerdist that Fox originally made him choose between including Sacha Baron Cohen’s Warlock in the film or Demon Bear, simply because of budgetary concerns. Since the director loved The Demon Bear Saga, he went with that instead of including the alien hero in The New Mutants. Boone wanted Cohen physically play the character using motion-capture, describing his vision for the star as the “Andy Serkis of Warlock” and as the “Gollum” of The New Mutants. The director previously revealed his plans for a trilogy, including the team going up against an alien invasion.
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Here is the official synopsis for The New Mutants:
In this terrifying, action-fueled film based on the MARVEL comic series, five young people who demonstrate special powers are brought to a secret institution to undergo treatments they are told will cure them of the dangers of their powers. Included are Danielle Moonstar aka Mirage (Blu Hunt), who creates illusions from other people’s fears; Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams), who transforms into the werewolf Wolfsbane; Sam Guthrie (Charlie Heaton), who, as Cannonball, can fly at jet speeds protected by a force field; Roberto da Costa aka Sunspot (Henry Zaga), who absorbs and channels solar power; and Illyana Rasputin aka Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy). The younger sister of Colossus, Magik becomes encased in armor at will and wields a soulsword that amplifies her multiple superhuman and psychic abilities.
Invited by Dr. Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga) to share their stories about when their powers first manifested, the five “patients” come to understand that they are in a class of people called mutants, who have historically been marginalized and feared. As they relive their origin stories, their memories seem to turn into terrifying realities. Soon, they question what is real and what isn’t, and it becomes clear that the institution isn’t what it seems. Now the question is — why are they being held captive? And who is trying to destroy them? The tension and horror mount in this white-knuckle thrill ride directed by Josh Boone and co-written by Boone and Knate Lee.
Directed by Josh Boone from a script he co-wrote with Knate Lee, The New Mutants stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, and Henry Zaga.
The New Mutants is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on August 28. Stay tuned for all the latest news on The New Mutants and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more exclusive video content!