‘The New Mutants’: Early Concept Art Reveals Warlock Design

Warlock was one of the characters cut from the New Mutants script.

The New Mutants Warlock

New concept art from Josh Boone’s The New Mutants puts the spotlight on Warlock.

Warlock was originally set to appear in Josh Boone’s The New Mutants but 20th Century Fox cut the character to trim the film’s budget. During a recent interview, Boone shared that the he wanted Borat actor Sacha Baron Cohen to play Warlock with an Andy Serkis-like performance through motion-capture technology.

Now, The New Mutants concept artist Deryl Braun has shared some of his early designs for Warlock on Instagram, revealing a comic book-accurate take on the character. In the cation of his Instagram post, Braun mentioned that this was his movie-related work, making the artwork all the more impressive. Check it out below.


The New Mutants currently holds a 34% score on the popular review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Recent reports revealed that Fox was so disappointed with the film that it considered reshooting the entire project from scratch.

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.

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Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.