Social media went haywire on Thursday as Marvel and 20th Century Fox released information that two actresses, Anya Taylor-Joy, (The Witch and Split) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones’) have signed on as two of the young superheros in the upcoming New Mutants movie which is being directed by Josh Boone. But the executives have remained silent on the issue of who will be playing the Native American mutant Danielle Moonstar, a Cheyenne woman with the superhero name is Mirage and is able to create illusions or dreams based on the thoughts or fears of others.
The New Mutants were first introduced in 1982 by Marvel Comics as an alternative and more ethnically diverse group of younger superheroes than their predecessors, The Uncanny X-Men.
Chris Claremont who had been working on the X-Men for over 15 years, teamed up with artist Bob McLeod to create the New Mutants which appeared 1982’s Marvel Graphic Novel #4 and the following year in their premiere issue of the New Mutants title.
Over the next few years, there were a few other teams of New Mutants, but the original seems to have the staying power. Danielle Moonstar herself appeared in more than one of the teams.
According to director Josh Boone on social media, he will be sticking to the original cast of New Mutants, which include Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair) a Scottish werewolf-like and shape-shifting mutant, Karma (Xi’an Coy Manh) a Vietnamese teen with psychic powers, Mirage (Danielle Moonstar) a Cheyenne Native American mutant psychic and dream-image producing powers, Sunspot (Roberto da Costa) a Brazilian with the powers of dark Sunspots, and Cannonball (Samuel Guthrie), a white American male from Kentucky.
However, due to the casting of Taylor-Joy as Magik, a girl who has learned sorcery and uses teleportation discs to travel, Karma may have been the character rumored to hit the chopping block.
Further posts on social media and rumors speculate that the New Mutants film overall will focus on Native American mutant Danielle Moonstar’s long-time enemy the Demon Bear, which has plagued her life and dreams since early issues.
The movie is headed towards an early July 2017 start with a script by Boone and writing partner, Knate Lee.
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