When 20th Century Fox delayed the release date for New Mutants in January, pushing it nearly a year from April 13, 2018 to February 22, 2019, it wasn't terribly surprising as these things happen all the time. What was surprising was a report that surfaced in late February, which revealed that director Josh Boone is adding a new character to the movie, and while the identity of that character has yet to be announced, Anya Taylor-Joy did confirm this new character will be present. Here's what she had to say in a recent interview, defending the reshoots that have yet to take place.
"I do think that there is a great responsibility to make sure the movie is done right and that we deliver the fans something that they can all feel happy about and excited about. So, I don't think it being delayed is a bad thing because it's definitely more important to make sure that we get it right than rushing to make a date. So, hopefully, all of these reshoots and adding of the new character that will give the fans an altogether satisfactory, wonderful product."
New Mutants was initially slated to be the first of three X-Men movies arriving this year, with its original date slated for April 13, followed by Deadpool 2 on June 1 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix on November 2. While Dark Phoenix is keeping its original date, The New Mutants was shuffled off to next year, while Deadpool was moved up to May 18 arriving a week before LucasFilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 25, instead of a week after it. While the actress defended the need for reshoots, to make the movie as good as possible, she wasn't happy about the release date delay. Here's what she had to say below.
"Well, the only thing that I could say, without being in trouble, is that it being delayed is disappointing, frustrating in fact. Because we were all very excited for it to be released on April 13th, and I don't mean just disappointing for me, but I'm sure there are a lot of other fans that were looking forward to seeing it."
The reshoots in question are reportedly set to take place this summer, but there is no indication as to how extensive they may be. Anya Taylor-Joy plays the pivotal mutant Magik, who is one of five young mutants who are being held against their will in a secret facility, while they are just beginning to discover their powers. The other mutants featured in this movie, which is said to be a terrifying horror movie that pushes the boundaries of the PG-13 ratings, are Wolfsbane (Maisie Williams), Cannonball (Charlie Heaton), Sunspot (Henry Zaga) and Mirage (Blu Hunt), with the supporting cast rounded out by Alice Braga as Cecilia Reyes and Happy Anderson as Reverend Craig. Anya Taylor-Joy revealed these new details in an interview with The Playlist.