The The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today that Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton may be joining Anya Taylor-Joy (Magik), Maisie Williams (Wolfsbane), and most recently Rosario Dawson as Dr. Cecilia Reyes in Josh Boone’s New Mutants. Heaton in talks to play Cannonball in what is being described as a superhero horror movie. Heaton had a standout performance as the brooding outsider Jonathan Bryers in the hit Netflix series.
In New Mutants, “Heaton will play Sam Guthrie, also known as Cannonball, a teen who propels himself into the air (…like a cannonball) and is invulnerable while doing so.” We are still waiting to hear any casting updates for Sunspot, Dani Moonstar, and Warlock. It’s been said that the heroes 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 pasts. It’s also been confirmed the characters won’t don superhero costumes.
New Mutants is set to release next year and will begin shooting in Boston this summer.