If you love Game Of Thrones and you're a proper X-Men fan — surely the bare minimum requirement for being a human being with good taste — next year is starting to look pretty promising, with two of Westeros's finest taking over the big screen in what feels like it could be a huge resurgence for the #XMen franchise.
The seventh movie in the main saga, X-Men: Supernova, begins shooting in Montreal in April, with Jean Grey expected to take the lead as the Dark Phoenix Saga gets the reboot treatment. Filming simultaneously is X-Men: New Mutants, and although no casting has been confirmed for that spin-off yet, it's been rumored for a while that Maisie Williams will make the leap to the superhero genre in the role of Wolfsbane.
And now #NewMutants director Josh Boone seems to have confirmed that by posting an epic piece of fan art which gives our first, director-approved look at how the mutant who can shape-shift between human and wolf forms will look as played by Arya Stark. Check out the impressive art below...
Ashley Guillory, the talented artist behind the image, is an illustrator who also worked on a cool animatic storyboard for New Mutants, pitting the young team of X-Men versus the film's big bad, the Demon Bear. That would suggest she's involved in the movie itself in some capacity, making this a semi-official preview of New Mutants.
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Most importantly, it more or less confirms Williams has been cast alongside her on-screen sister and #GameOfThrones co-star Sophie Turner in the X-verse, which in turns suggests that the other heavily-rumored castings — Nat Woolf and rising scream queen Anya Taylor-Jay — will also be confirmed imminently.
Seeing as Supernova and New Mutants are filming at the same time, there's a pretty solid chance we could see some cast crossover — will there be a Stark reunion at Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters? Maybe, maybe not. Hardly anything is known about either movie right now, but between the two, Logan, a Deadpool sequel and the brilliant FX series Legion, it's a pretty exciting time to be a fan of the X-Men on screen, particularly seeing as the universe seemed a little dry of ideas post-Apocalypse.
We'll keep you in the loop as more details on both New Mutants and Supernova begin to leak out in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, a question to ponder: Is Maisie Williams's patronus also a wolf?
Which upcoming X-Men movie are you most stoked for — Supernova or New Mutants?