The film adaptation of the X-Men spinoff The New Mutants recently hit a speed bump after it was announced that the Josh Boone-directed film's release date was bumped from April of this year all the way to Feb. 22 of next year. Reshoots were scheduled, and reports began to surface that those reshoots would involve a new character. That's now been confirmed.
In an interview with The Playlist, New Mutants actress Anya Taylor-Joy said that the film will indeed include a new character in reshoots. The actress, who in the film plays Illyana Rasputin (a powerful sorceress-teleporter in the comic books), mentions that the delayed release is both "frustrating" and "disappointing," but also says the following:
"I do think that there is a great responsibility to make sure the movie is done right and that we deliver the fans something that they can all feel happy about and excited about. So, I don't think it being delayed is a bad thing because it's definitely more important to make sure that we get it right than rushing to make a date. So, hopefully, all of these reshoots and adding of the new character that will give the fans an altogether satisfactory, wonderful product."
These echo comments from Taylor-Joy's co-star Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), who also recently remarked that the film's delays were "for the better" due to the turnaround being so quick. We're completely in favor of the filmmakers taking their time and making a superior film — we're just rather curious about who this new character might be. There's no shortage of speculation, with everyone from techno-organic alien Warlock to mutants Magma and Cypher — other members of The New Mutants in the comic book — being added to the shortlist.
Who do you think this new character will turn out to be?