Josh Boone’s superhero horror movie The New Mutants was recently pushed back a full 10 months by Fox, moved out of its April 13, 2018 date all the way to February 22, 2019. The delay is to give Boone time for reshoots, reportedly to amp up the terror of the film and make it a true horror movie, as originally promised by Boone himself.
It’s additionally been reported that an entirely new character will be added into the film via the reshoots, a rumor confirmed by star Anya Taylor-Joy this week.
“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,” Taylor-Joy, who plays Illyana Rasputin (aka Magik), told Playlist. “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.”
The rumored character? Warlock, a young alien with a body that can assume any shape. This rumor, however, is very much unconfirmed at this point in time.
In the film, “five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.”
The cast includes Henry Zaga as Roberto da Costa a.k.a Sunspot, a mutant with the ability to absorb and channel solar power; Blu Hunt as Danielle Moonstar, the Native American telepath also known as “Mirage”; Alice Braga as Dr. Cecilia Reyes, a medical doctor who has the ability to generate a protective bio-field around herself but also has more going on than she lets on; Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin, also known as Magik, who uses teleportation; Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie, a.k.a. Cannonball; and Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair, a.k.a. Wolfsbane, who can turn into a wolf.
Boone directed from a script he co-wrote with Knate Lee.