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The New Mutants delay 'for the better' says Maisie Williams

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Feb 15, 2018

Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams has been busy since making Arya Stark the most compelling part of HBO’s epic fantasy series. She’s been in animation, rom coms, and now the X-Men superhero film The New Mutants. The latter, angled as more horror than superhero action, was recently delayed from its previously scheduled release date of April 13, 2018, for almost a full year, until February 22, 2019.

Speaking with Collider, Williams—who plays the lycanthropic Rahne Sinclair (aka Wolfsbane) in the movie—shared her thoughts about Fox’s push of director Josh Boone’s asylum film. In terms of the scheduling, Williams shared her own concerns about the pacing and release of the film, saying that “it was always a really quick turnaround, and there was always battles of how they were going to manage it.”

“We finished in September and they were going to release in April, and there’s—it’s a mutant film—there’s a lot of effects. There’s a lot of work that goes into the movie.” In fact, these post-production effects are no surprise to the fantasy-hardened actress. “They really make the movie after we finish shooting, so there was always kind of a bit nervous, really. I know how long this sort of thing takes on Game of Thrones, and I know the work that they want to put in is, it’s a huge job,” she said.

When pressed about the yearlong delay, Williams took the effects work into consideration, saying, “Actually, I think it’s for the better. I think it’s good that we’ve got more time. We’re not so strapped and up against it. It give us time—it gives me time to get to know the project once it’s finalized. Films take a real different shape after you finish shooting, and after they have edited.”

Spoken with the true thoughtfulness of someone who’s been on a huge special effects-driven production since she was 14, Williams concluded that “it’s quite nice that there is the time, to you know, make it the best that one can and familiarize ourselves with it, and when it comes to releasing, really push it hard.” With all the additional time the team will have with the teenage superhero flick, audiences will likely expect a more polished effort than some of the past X-Men spin-off attempts like X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And, if Williams is right, some extra time in the oven can only be a good thing.