Newcomer Blu Hunt Joins the Cast of New Mutants as Moonstar

Posted 2017/06/04 0 0

With shooting on Josh Boone's X-Men spin-off New Mutants due to start next month, the final slot in the younger main cast has now been filled.

 

After an international search, newcomer Blu Hunt has nabbed the lead role of Native American telepath Danielle Moonstar in Josh Boone’s “X-Men” spinoff “The New Mutants” at 20th Century Fox. Before joining New Mutants, Hunt's biggest gig was appearing in The Originals, as The Hollow, and two other TV shows. New Mutants will imaginably give her a massive visibility boost.

In the comics, Moonstar uses her telepathic abilities to extract the fears of her foes and turn them into the illusions of her namesake. Like the other four mutants, she’s a founding member of the team and one of the few American Indian heroes in mainstream comics. Along with the inclusion of thunderbird on FOX’s TV show The Gifted, she’ll also become one of the few Native performers in live-action superhero media. The studio is said to have made casting an authentic Native American in the part a priority, as Moonstar will apparently play a pivotal-if-not-central role in the plot, inspired by the “Demon Bear” arc in the comics.

The film is currently set to star Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch) as Magik, Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones, Doctor Who) as Wolfsbane, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things, Shut In) as Cannonball, and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Sunspot. The shape-shifting alien Warlock will also appear as a CGI creation. Rosario Dawson (Marvel’s Daredevil) is still in talks to play a doctor/mentor figure to the group. Despite early rumors, James McAvoy will not make an appearance as Charles Xavier.

“New Mutants,” created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, was the first X-Men comic spinoff, launched in the early 1980s. The “New Mutants” movie is in pre-production and has been set for an April 13, 2018, opening. “The Fault in Our Stars” director Josh Boone is helming “New Mutants” from a script he co-wrote with Knate Lee about teenage superheroes-mutants. The story follows five diverse teens learning to cope with their superpowers who must escape a secret facility in which they are being held against their will.

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