Last month, when Disney purchased the Twentieth Century Fox company, comic book fans were more than delighted to hear that the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties would be making their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now that this happened, rest assured we would be getting everything we ever wanted and everything in order, but of course, all good things must come at a price.
Earlier this week, it has been confirmed that Josh Boone’s The New Mutants and David Leitch’s Deadpool 2 had moved their release dates. The former film drastically moved back ten months from April 13, 2018 to February 22, 2019; meanwhile, the latter film moved up from June 1st to May 18th of this year. There is no confirmed reason as to why this may be, but this is probably to avoid having both films be in theaters at the same time. However, reports say that another prospective explanation is that The New Mutants performed well (albeit not great) and thus the Fox studio needs to work on the film’s horror elements–as the director promised–in light of the successful horror films of last year that are Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Andy Muschietti’s IT.
In other related news, the Gambit movie, starring Channing Tatum, is still in the works. Although, it has yet again lost another director; it is now slated for a June 7, 2019 release date. In addition, Simon Kinberg’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix will remain with its November 2, 2018 release date.
The New Mutants will also feature a cast of young actors and actresses, including:
- Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, Glass) as Illyana Rasputin/ Magik, the younger sister of Colossus;
- Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Rahne Sinclair/ Wolfsbane;
- Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Sam Guthrie/ Cannonball;
- Henry Zaga (Teen Wolf, 13 Reasons Why) as Roberto “Bobbie” da Costa/ Sunspot;
- Blu Hunt (The Originals) as Danielle “Dani” Moonstar/ Mirage; and
- Alice Braga (I Am Legend, Elysium) as the group’s mentor, Cecilia Reyes.
For the meantime, we can focus on Deadpool 2 and its explosive cast:
- Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, the eponymous character;
- Morena Baccarin (Gotham) as Vanessa, Wade’s love interest;
- T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley, Big Hero 6) as Weasel, Wade Wilson’s best friend;
- Brianna Hildebrand (The Exorcist television series) as Negasonic Teenage Warhead;
- Zazie Beetz (Atlanta on FX) as Neena Thurman/Domino, mutant mercenary with the ability to manipulate luck;
- Josh Brolin (The Goonies, Avengers: Infinity War, Sicario, Soldado) as Nathan Summers/Cable, the time-traveling cybernetic Mutant soldier and future son of Scott Summers/Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor (aka Jean Grey’s clone);
- And some others.
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Written by: John Tangalin