In a keyword-rich gift to entertainment news sites, Fox is reportedly in talks with Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton to take on the role of Sam Guthrie, Cannonball, in their upcoming X-Men spinoff, New Mutants. Cannonball's superpower of being invulnerable while he's "blasting" — that is, flying around with a rocket tail — was widely agreed upon to be "cool as ****" back in the 1990s. If a deal is made, Heaton will join Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane and Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik in the film. Other rumored but unconfirmed castings for the movie include Rosario Dawson as Doctor Cecilia Reyes in a Professor X type mentor role and 13 Reasons Why's Henry Zaga as Sunspot. James McAvoy and Nat Wolff will reportedly *not* be in the movie, debunking earlier rumors.
Director Josh Boone recently described New Mutants as "a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We're trying to do something very, very different."
New Mutants has a release date of April 13, 2018.