Production is moving quickly on 20th Century Fox’s upcoming X-Men spin-off, New Mutants, and that means one actress is, unfortunately, going to miss out. Rosario Dawson had been in talks to play Dr. Cecilia Reyes in the film, but it’s now been reported that actress Alice Braga will take up the role instead.
New Mutants is based on a long-running comic book from Marvel Comics which focuses on a younger group of mutants in the same universe as the X-Men.
The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone will direct the film version from a script he co-wrote with writer/producer Knate Lee.
Split star Anya Taylor-Joy will star as Illyana Rasputin (aka Magik), with Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams playing Rahne Sinclair (aka Wolfsbane).
Stranger Things co-star Charlie Heaton is also part of the ensemble as Sam Guthrie (aka Cannonball), with Blu Hunt and Henry Zaga rounding out the cast.
X-Men star James McAvoy is widely expected to reprise his role as Professor Charles Xavier, though that news has yet to be confirmed.
Dr. Reyes serves as something as a mentor/leader for the group and also has the ability to create invisible force fields around herself.
The role would have been a strange turn for Dawson, who already plays the recurring role of Claire Temple in Marvel’s Netflix shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist).
Of course, Fox’s X-Men movies take place in a separate universe from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it wouldn’t have been entirely implausible.
Braga first gained notice in 2007’s I Am Legend with Will Smith and currently stars on the USA’s television series Queen of the South.
New Mutants is one of three X-Men movies coming from Fox next year, along with Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The studio also released dates today for six additional mystery Marvel movies in the years to come. You can catch New Mutants in theaters on April 13, 2018.