Marvel's Defenders Star Rosario Dawson in Talks for X-Men: New Mutants

by Kofi Outlaw

X-Men movie spinoff New Mutants is quickly amassing an impressive cast. Recently, we learned that Split star Anya Taylor-Joy and Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams were joining the spinoff film as two iconic X-Men characters (Magik and Wolfsbane, respectively); now comes word that Marvel Netflix star Rosario Dawson is joining New Mutants, as another well-known X-Men character.

THR reports that Dawson is already in talks to play X-Men member Dr. Cecilia Reyes. Reyes was created during the late '90s era of the comics: the Puerto Rican character was a NYC trauma surgeon, who was outed as a mutant by a government Sentinel program called "Operation: Zero Tolerance." Once she learned that she was a mutant (whose ability is instinctively generating a protective field around her body) , Reyes eventually went on to work as the X-Men's doctor, in the mutant haven of Utopia.

According to THR, Dawson's movie version of Reyes would be a bit different than her comic book counterpart: "Dawson will play Dr. Cecilia Reyes, a medical doctor who has the ability to generate a protective bio-field around herself. The character assumes a mentor role for the group of fledgling heroes."

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In addition to Dawson, New Mutants is reportedly also looking to cast a tall male actor, who may be playing the film's villain, and has supposedly just landed an actor to play iconic X-Men/New Mutants character, Sunspot. While plot details are still unconfirmed, speculation is that the New Mutants movie will be based on the famous supernatural-themed "Demon Bear" storyline.

New Mutants is gearing up for production this year, and is set to bow in theaters on April 13, 2018. Deadpool 2 will ollow that up on June 1.

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By Kofi Outlaw

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