According to an announcement on Friday June 2nd by the Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox has cast Blu Hunt (The Originals) to play the Native American mutant Danielle Moonstar in the upcoming New Mutants movie. X-Men: The New Mutants.
Blu Hunt is a relative newcomer to Hollywood, with a role on the CW’s vampire series, The Originals under her belt.
The studio has reportedly confirmed their commitment to cast an authentic Native American in the part and after an international search, have cast Blu Hunt.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Searches were conducted in the U.S. as well as Canada and the U.K., among other countries, before the studio circled around Hunt, who is part Native American.”
The upcoming New Mutants movie. X-Men: The New Mutants will be directed by Josh Boone and will also 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 New Mutants were first introduced in 1982 by Marvel Comics as an alternative and more ethnically diverse group of younger superheroes than their predecessors, The Uncanny X-Men.
Marvel Comics’ Chris Claremont, a long-time comic book creator, who had been working on the X-Men for over 15 years, teamed up with artist Bob McLeod to create the New Mutants, who appeared 1982’s Marvel Graphic Novel #4 and in 1983 in the first issue of the New Mutants comic book series.
Blu Hunt will play Danielle Moonstar, whose mutant name was Psyche (and later became Mirage), a Cheyenne mutant superhero able to create illusions or dreams based on the thoughts or fears of others.
Though are details are scarce, Danielle Moonstar will be a pivotal role in the movie, with her storyline of life-threatening interactions with a nightmarish Demon Bear reportedly being a key part of the storyline.
X-Men: The New Mutants is scheduled to begin filming in July in Boston.
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