Published On: Mon, Jun 5th, 2017

‘New Mutants’: Charlie Heaton cast as Cannonball, Henry Zaga Set as Sunspot In ‘X-Men’ Spinoff

Fox’s long-awaited X-Men spinoff New Mutants has official casting, confirming 13 Reasons Why actor Henry Zaga as Roberto da Costa a.k.a Sunspot, an Brazilian mutant with the ability to manipulate solar energy. According to THR, Charlie Heaton of Stranger Things has joined the film to play Cannonball, aka Sam Guthrie. His mutant ability allows him to propel himself from through the air at high speed and be invulnerable while he’s in flight.

Heaton was one of the breakout stars of Stranger Things, and New Mutants marks the first feature project he’s signed on for since the show debuted. The actor starred in two films, the thriller Shut In with Naomi Watts and the Sundance indie As You Are.

The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone is at the helm, from a script he co-wrote with Knate Lee, with production set to being this summer in anticipation for its April 2018 release.

Anya Taylor-Joy, the star of The Witch and Split, Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams along with Rosario Dawson have already signed on to star in the young adult superhero movie.

Dawson is to play a mentor figure, a medical doctor who has the ability to generate a protective biofield around herself.

The New Mutants are Native American Danielle Moonstar, aka Mirage, and a Brazilian ladies man code-named Sunspot, as well as an alien named Warlock. These new mutants find themselves held in a secret facility against their will and must battle the dangers of their powers, as well as the sins of their past.

Simon Kinberg previously stated, “Right now, as the movie exists, Professor X would be a part of a New Mutants movie.” That has likely changed, but fans can be hopeful.

The full character descriptions are below.


[CHRIS] Male, 17 years old, Actor must be an adult (18 or over) or a legally emancipated minor; Tall, corn-fed Kentucky kid.

Cannonball (aka Sam Guthrie) flies at jet speeds and is able to create impenetrable force fields to protect himself, and absorb kinetic impact. His body naturally develops thermo-chemical energy that emanates from his skin, allowing him seemingly blast off and propel himself through the air.


[ANNA] Female, 17 years old, Actor must be an adult (18 or over) or a legally emancipated minor; Russian, sexy, with an obvious mean streak.

The sister of Colossus, Magik (aka Illyana Rasputin) is teleporter who can travel through time and space. Unlike teleporters like Nightcrawler who needs to see where he’s going, Magik can bring an entire group of people wherever she wants.


[ROB] Male, 16 years old, Actor must be an adult (18 or over) or a legally emancipated minor; Brazilian, cool, confident and extremely handsome.

Sunspot (aka Roberto “Bobby” da Costa) absorbs solar energy and transforms it into super strength. In his powered-up form, he turns all black except for his glowing white eyes.


[JESSICA] Female, 16 years old, Actor must be an adult (18 or over) or a legally emancipated minor; British, punk rock shorn red hair, waif-like.

Wolfsbane (aka Rahne Sinclair) can transform into wolf form while still maintaining human intelligence. When in transitional form, the Scottish-born mutant still has access to superhuman abilities.


While not mentioned in the breakdown, Dani Moonstar, who also goes by Psyche, is expected to star in the movie. The Hashtag Show reports she wasn’t included in the breakdown because the role has already been cast.

Spanning “The New Mutants” #18-20, the Demon Bear storyline is significant for the boundary-pushing debut of Bill Sienkiewicz as the new regular artist but for the mature storytelling by Chris Claremont.


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