Charlie Heaton New Mutants

Update 2: Heat Vision reports that relative newcomer Blu Hunt has been cast as Danielle Moonstar, a Native American mutant who can create illusions based on the fears of those around her. This completes the casting of the core cast of New Mutants.

Update: Deadline reports that 13 Reasons Why star Henry Zaga has also joined New Mutants as the mutant hero Sunspot, who can manipulate solar energy. Our original article follows.

Charlie Heaton may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think about young actors from Netflix’s Stranger Things, but he’s on the verge of securing the highest-profile new movie role of any cast member since the first season aired.

Heaton is currently in talks to play Cannonball in The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone’s long-developing X-Men spinoff film New Mutants for 20th Century Fox.
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new mutants horror movie

Every time a comic book movie director claims that his movie will be “very different” from other superhero movies, an angel loses its wings and gains heat vision.

But New Mutants director Josh Boone swears that his X-Men spin-off will forego all those costumes and supervillains, and go “full-fledged horror movie” instead — because horror is the new trend now. To be fair, the source material for New Mutants, the 1984 Marvel Comics storyline “The Demon Bear Saga,” lends itself to the horror genre, and we are already greatly anticipating the spinoff film anyway with the casting of Game of ThronesMaisie Williams and Split‘s Anya Taylor-Joy. But Boone wants you to know that New Mutants isn’t like other X-Men films.

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new mutants cast

For the first time in a long time, the X-Men movies are starting to get us excited again. Even if you ignore the brilliant Legion on FX (and you most certainly should not), Logan and Deadpool suggest a wild and exciting path ahead for the mutant superheroes. Hopefully, the upcoming New Mutants movie continues the trend.

It certainly helps that two very talented young women have officially joined the cast: Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams and Split‘s Anya Taylor-Joy have signed up for Josh Boone’s movie, which is due out next year.

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Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane in New Mutants

Production on the X-Men spin-off New Mutants is rumored to begin in April or May this year with The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone at the helm. 20th Century Fox hasn’t made any official announcement about the project, but there have been plenty of details that have surfaced. Now one of those details seems to have been confirmed by Josh Boone himself.

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams has been linked to the cast of New Mutants, though no word on her involvement has been confirmed by anyone. Josh Boone may have just done that though by sharing a piece of art featuring the actress as Rahne Sinclair, the mutant who comes to be known as Wolfsbane, due to the fact that she can transform into a wolf.

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New Mutants movie

In news that will probably come as no surprise to anyone, 20th Century Fox’s New Mutants is envisioned as the first in a series. Josh Boone, who is directing and co-writing the X-Men spinoff, revealed he pitched a whole New Mutants trilogy — though of course, the studio will probably want to wait and see how the first one is shaping up before ordering any more.

Oh, and speaking of that first film, Boone dropped a little hint about what we can expect. Last month we got word Demon Bear was likely to be the villain of New Mutants, and now Boone’s new comments suggest that is indeed the case.  Read More »

James Franco the pretenders

Before Josh Boone‘s The Fault in Our Stars conquered the box office, one of the projects the busy writer-director wanted to make to was The Pretenders. Boone once described his script as “Carnal Knowledge meets Unbearable Lightness of Being or The Dreamers,” which doesn’t sound emotionally draining at all. In 2013, the director put together an impressive cast for the project, but due to scheduling, it may have fallen to the wayside. Now, The Pretenders is up and running with a new director, James Franco, and new actors.

Below, learn more about the James Franco The Pretenders project.

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New Mutants screenwriters

New Mutants is adding to its team behind the scenes. Last year Josh Boone was set to write and direct the X-Men spinoff, and now he’s bringing on a little extra help in the form of screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. The three previously worked together on the teen cancer weepie The Fault in Our StarsRead More »

Josh Boone

New Mutants has been simmering on the back burner for a little while now, but it sounds like the project will come front and center in the not-too-distant future. Writer/director Josh Boone recently dropped some big hints about what (or, more accurately, whom) we could expect to see in the X-Men spinoff, and now producer Simon Kinberg has revealed that shooting could get underway within a year.

And while the team — at least based on Boone’s clues — consists mostly of lesser-known characters, the film will also bring in one of the heavy-hitters of the X-Men franchise: Professor X. Read Kinberg’s comments below.  Read More »

New Mutants movie

Superhero teams are all the rage these days, from the Justice League to the Avengers to the X-Men. And soon, we’ll be able to add the powerful teens of New Mutants to that list. Director Josh Boone teased the team lineup for his X-Men spinoff, which seems to stick pretty closely to the original New Mutants team lineup from the 1980s comics. Read More »

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Lestat

Almost two years ago, Universal renewed the rights for Anne Rice‘s 13-part Vampire Chronicles books. News broke that Brian Grazer would produce The Vampire Lestat for Imagine Entertainment with Alex KurtzmanRoberto Orci, and Bobby Cohen. A week or so later after the announcement, The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone entered early talks to write and direct the film. We haven’t heard much about the adaptation since, but Boone just provided an update on the project’s status, which is currently titled Interview with the Vampire.

Learn more about the Interview with the Vampire reboot below.

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