Blu Hunt, a relative newcomer who appeared in a handful of episodes of The Originals, has nabbed the lead role of Danielle Moonstar, the Native American telepath, in Josh Boone’s X-Men spinoff, New Mutants.
The studio is looking to redefine the superhero genre as it did with Deadpool and Logan, and is focusing on giving the spinoff a horror-thriller bent. It will tell of five diverse teens learning to cope with their superpowers who must escape a secret facility where they are being held against their will.
The last role to be filled was Moonstar, a character who is Native American and who has the power to create illusions drawn from the fears and desires of a person’s mind. The character is not only perhaps the most important in the script — according to sources, the movie’s plot leans heavily on the classic “Demon Bear” storyline that ran in the pages of the Marvel Comics title in the 1980s and in which Moonstar plays a central role — but also the one whose casting proved to be the most challenging, as the studio and producers made ethnic authenticity a priority.
Searches were conducted in the U.S. as well as Canada and the U.K., among other countries, before the studio circled around Hunt, who is part Native American. CAA signed the actress hot off the search.