Most live-action superhero film stories tend to focus on Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe, but it is 20th Century Fox that seems to have the longest run with their X-Men films. That will continue with Josh Boone’s upcoming New Mutants.
The film would be about teenage mutants in training to become X-Men, with the director has previously revealing that it would be based on the Demon Bear story arc from the comic books.
In a recent interview with Anya Taylor-Joy, who has been rumored to be cast in the film, over at Coming Soon about her role in the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan movie Split, the actress reveals that she has seen an animatic of the Demon Bear.
Here’s what she said:
“I have [seen the Demon Bear animatic], it’s pretty cool. I’m a big fan so I’d love to be a part of it. I can’t say very much, but I would love to be a part of it. I think this year’s gonna be very exciting.”
Even though she side steps confirming that she has been cast in the film, she did reveal that James McAvoy, who has portrayed Professor X in the past three X-Men: First Class films, is part of the upcoming movie. When asked if she might reunite with her Split co-star, she said:
“I mean, I think James is already a part of it, isn’t he?”
It could be that Taylor-Joy is mistaken, but producer and X-Men universe head honcho Simon Kinberg has previously said Xavier would be part of New Mutants. He did not, however, reveal whether it was McAvoy or Sir Patrick Stewart who would be reprising the role. Now we have that somewhat confirmed, it does beg the question of when this film will take place.
Stewart played the character, which was set in the early to mid-2000s, but McAvoy is obviously much younger than that ,and even younger for it to take place during present time. Considering Fox isn’t too concerned with contradictions within the X-Men universe, they could just ignore that fact entirely (and give me something new to gripe about).
There is another possibility, since Kinberg said the next X-Men film would take place in the 90s after X-Men: Apocalypse took place in the 80s. It could be that he was talking about New Mutants rather than a proper X-Men-titled film. Unless, of course, the actual full film title will be X-Men: New Mutants, which I wouldn’t put past Fox. (Remember, the first Wolverine film was called X-Men Origins: Wolverine… )
New Mutants is set to start shooting within the next few months for a release sometime in 2018.