There’s a franchise at Fox Studios called The X-Men. It’s been around since 2001 when we saw our first band of merry mutants, starring Patrick Stewart as Professor X, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and Ian McKellen as Magneto. From there, that universe has grown to include ten films and next year, we’ll be adding a few more. One of those new films will be called New Mutants and will be based on the title started in the 1980’s by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod revolving around a new team of teenagers who have recently discovered their mutant powers and are learning how to fight as a team. Among those mutants are Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Magik, Dani Moonstar and Sunspot.
Two of those characters have already been cast, with Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams in the role of Rahne “Wolfsbane” Sinclair and Anya Taylor-Joy as Ilyana “Magik” Rasputin. However, as of today, we’ve got two new names to add to the list.
The first new name on our list is Henry Zaga, from 13 Reasons Why, who is rumored by Entertainment Weekly to be in the running for the role of Roberto Da Costa, though he’s not yet confirmed for that role.
Roberto Da Costa, a.k.a. Sunspot, is a Brazilian mutant who’s powers manifest in the middle of him playing a
football soccer game. He has the power to go completely black, his body a seeming absence of light, while also totally absorbing the light immediately around him. When in this form he gains super strength and eventually learns to channel his abilities to fire off plasmic heat blasts.
Should he get this role, this would only leave Cannonball and Dani Moonstar’s roles to be filled for the core team. Warlock is also rumored to be involved at some point.
The last new name that we have to add to our cast list is none other than Ms. Defender the Night Nurse herself, Rosario Dawson. She is rumored by many sources, though we first saw this on The Hollywood Reporter, to be Dr. Cecilia Reyes, described by the site to be a “medical doctor who has the ability to generate a protective bio-field around herself.” They also suggest that she will assume “… a mentor role for the group of fledgling heroes.”
Though Dr. Reyes never technically worked side-by-side with the New Mutants in the comics, she played a similar role with the X-Men as a science advisor and physician. Her powers are mostly defensive by design, but she does eventually learn how to use them in a more aggressive manner, learning to extend the force field beyond her body to lash out at enemies. She also learns to surround her fists with a stronger forcefield, allowing her to punch even harder.
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