FOX really wants their shared universe locked tight. We just reported on a trailer for their upcoming series, The Gifted, a more intimate look of discovering a mutant’s divergence from humanity. In my book, X-Men has always thrived in inquisitive stories such as this one, which is why I think Legion has taken off to be one of the best shows this year.
Following this, FOX announces two additions to the roster of their upcoming series, New Mutants. The series is primed to be more in the form of a Y.A. thriller/mystery/drama, rendering it a fit rival for Marvel’s Netflix-backed teenage series, Cloak & Dagger.
Maisie Williams (of Game Of Thrones fame) has been tapped to play an X-Woman named Wolfsbane, a mutant from Scotland whose lycanthropic abilities take her away from her religious beliefs. Williams joins her small screen-sister Sophie Turner who plays young Jean Grey in the X-Men films and is expected to return in yet another spinoff film, Dark Phoenix. Williams character sounds like a deeply troubled one, which makes me wonder if her kill-list in Thrones will have some form of a comeback in the show.
In addition to Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy (famously known for her stellar performances in The Witch and Split) will play the character of Magik, a Russian teenager who has the ability to bend time and space with the aid of special discs.
Yes, New Mutants is a Teen Titans of sorts, but for the X-Men universe. The series has yet to cast four more young mutants to complete its core roster, including Dani Moonstar, Sunspot, Cannonball, and Warlock.
New Mutants is expecting a 2018 premiere. It is directed by Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars).
‘The Gifted’ teaser-trailer