Being that X-Men: New Mutants deals with a class of young mutant students at the Xavier School, you’d have to believe Professor Xavier will be in it someway, somehow. But will James McAvoy return to the role? After reading Coming Soon’s interview with Anya Taylor-Joy you’ll know…just about the same as you did before.
Taylor-Joy is making the press rounds to promote Split, the M. Night Shyamalan film in which she costars with McAvoy. The interview eventually turns to X-Men: New Mutants, and she is asked if she hopes to reunite with McAvoy in the mutant film. She answered:
“I mean, I think James is already a part of it, isn’t he?”
Now, call me a cynical, beat-down-by-the-world old man who can’t take anything at face value, but that doesn’t seem like a definite confirmation of McAvoy’s involvement in the film. It sounds like she thinks he might be in it, but isn’t sure.
But I might be alone in that point of view. Coming Soon is considering a confirmation (New Mutants Movie Exclusive: Anya Taylor-Joy Says James McAvoy Will Star), as well as:
- Screen Crush: Anya Taylor-Joy Confirms James McAvoy’s Return in ‘New Mutants’
- MovieWeb: James McAvoy Will Return as Professor X in New Mutants
- And /Film: ‘New Mutants’ Will Bring Back James McAvoy’s Professor X
Collider at least has the decency to pose it as a question.
And, heck, it sounds like Taylor-Joy isn’t sure she has a part in the film either (she has been long rumored as being consider for the character named Magik):
I’m a big fan so I’d love to be a part of it. I can’t say very much, but I would love to be a part of it.
So, there you have it. An actor who might be in X-Men: New Mutants asks if another actor is going to be in the film with her, and the Internet runs with it.
Now, of course, this could be a nervous actress not wanting to reveal too much or knowing what is common knowledge and what isn’t. But this isn’t a confirmation by any way I look at it. It would make sense that McAvoy return to the film, but this barely qualifies as a rumor.