The New Mutants has had a rough road to getting onto our movie screens, and it still has a little ways to go. It was originally slated for release this past April, before it was pushed to February 22, 2019. That date wouldn't hold either, as the film was pushed back again to August 2, 2019. Part of the reshuffling was to accomodate reshoots, which were not only said to be changing the tone of the film, but adding an entirely new character.
In a new interview with Collider, one of the stars of the film, Anya Taylor-Joy, makes it clear that fans that are eagerly anticipating the arrival of this X-Men spin-off have nothing to worry about. Not only that, it's clear that Taylor-Joy i(who plays Illyana Rasputin, aka Magik) is very much a fan herself.
As she says, "I love my character. I have such a connection to Illyana. I absolutely adore her, and getting to play her is super fun because she’s sassy and Russian and a little bit psycho. She’s just so much fun to play." Did the delay dampen her enthusiasm at all? It doesn't sound like it, as she goes on to say, "I don’t find [the delay] frustrating because when the film comes out, we want it to be something that will make the fans truly happy. Taking the time to do it, whilst people might find it a little bit frustrating to wait for it, when we deliver it, it’s going to be fantastic. That’s the most important thing. And getting the opportunity to play the character again is just great."
Something that we've been wondering about is how the reshoots have affected the tone of the film that they originally made — according to Taylor-Joy, this also shouldn't be a concern.
"I think we’re making the movie that we set out to make in the beginning," she says. "That’s what we’re going to end up delivering to people. It feels like the movie we all signed up to do, which is good."
Not only is she involved with The New Mutants, but the rising star is also set to reprise her character from M. Night Shyamalan's Split, in the unexpected sequel (and Unbreakable trilogy closer) Glass. When initially making Split, she was not aware that the movie was a continuation of Unbreakable (it seems nobody knew it, really) and that "there was a giant sense of adventure and discovery." When it came to shoot Glass, everyone was in on the secrets, and it was a different experience — "There was a real sense of adventure with Split, whilst with Glass, it felt so epic. Every single day, everyone was so happy to be there because we were aware that we were making cinematic history."
The New Mutants will finally arrive on August 2, 2019, while Glass will break our trains a little earlier, on January 18, 2019. It's looking to be a good year for Anya Taylor-Joy. Are you still excited for The New Mutants? Are you just as excited for Glass? Did you know Elijah Price's true nature because of what the kids used to call him? Let us know in the comments.