Back in May, 20th Century Fox closed a deal with The Fault In Our Stars filmmaker Josh Boone to write and direct the X-Men spinoff The New Mutants. Last month, the filmmaker revealed on his Instagram page that he had completed the second draft of the screenplay and turned it in to producer Simon Kinberg, which is essentially all we know for sure about the project. Over the past few days, the filmmaker has taken to his official Instagram page, revealing six of the mutant characters who will be featured in this superhero adaptation.
The characters revealed by the director through Instagram are Magik, Wolfsbane, Dani Moonstar, Cannonball, Sunspot and Warlock. Oddly enough, this isn't the first time we've heard that Magik and Wolfsbane will be a part of the story. An unconfirmed rumor surfaced in March that claimed Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will play Wolfsbane, a.k.a. Rahne Sinclair, with The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy reportedly signing on to play Magik, a.k.a. Illya Rasputin, the younger sister of Colossus. That report also claimed that X-Men: Apocalypse star Alexandra Shipp will return as Storm, with Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) also being eyed to return.
That report also claimed that Cannonball, Sunspot and Mirage were currently being cast, although we don't know how far along the studio is in the casting process. Deadpool star Brianna Hildebrand is also said to reprise her role as Negasonic Teenage Warhead in The New Mutants, with James McAvoy also expected to come back as Professor X. Of these characters revealed by Josh Boone, only Sunspot has appeared on the big screen before, with Adan Canto playing the character in 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past, but this is expected to be a younger version of Sunspot.
It seems that the filmmaker is sticking true to the comic book origins, with these characters representing the New Mutants lineup from the original comic books, created in 1982 by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod. It isn't known if there will be a significant gap in time between the events of this month's X-Men: Apocalypse and The New Mutants, but if Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan and Kodi Smit-McPhee do reprise their roles, it seems possible that this movie will be set shortly after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse. We don't know for sure if there will be a direct tie-in to The New Mutants in X-Men: Apocalypse, but we'll find out when the movie hits theaters on May 27.
It's possible that The New Mutants could help form a bridge between the prequel trilogy that ends with X-Men: Apocalypse, which is set in 1983, and the original X-Men movie that came out in 2000. Then again, 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past significantly altered the timeline, creating a new "present day," so we'll have to wait and see how this story takes shape. While we wait for new details, take a look at Josh Boone's Instagram photos below, and stay tuned for more on The New Mutants.