One of the good things about the X-Men comics is how multi-cultural the team has been since they introduced characters like Storm and Nightcrawler in the 1970s.
The films have been all over the shop when it comes to character nationalities, like how Moira McTaggart stopped being Scottish from First Class while Colossus became Russian in Deadpool.
In the (long-delayed) spin-off The New Mutants, Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams wants to keep the heritage of her characters Rahne Sinclair (aka Wolfsbane) intact, but in a way that isn’t cringeworthy.
Speaking to Digital Spy and other press on a set visit in 2017 back when the movie was shooting, the star said: “I was written very American because (director Josh Boone) wrote it and he’s been very easy whenever we wanted to change dialogue. I didn’t want to make it cringe and be saying ‘aye’ every now and then. I just wanted to make it an authentic accent.
“(Rahne)’s been here for a little while and the other mutants have been here for a little while, so I think our interpretations of our accents are what we wanted them to be. I went for more of a Highlands accent, although I can tell it sometimes goes a little bit Glasgow, but only people in Scotland would hopefully pick up on that.
“I always knew she was Scottish so even when I read the first draft, I tried to do it in my head in a Scottish accent so you start thinking in the character’s accent.
“It makes it a lot easier when it comes to actually shooting something because you’re not in the habit of saying something in your own voice, even if back then it was an awful Scottish accent.”
Maisie also revealed that she had spoken to her Thrones sister Sophie Turner about taking on a role in the X-Universe, since Turner had been playing Jean Grey since 2016.
The New Mutants is released in the US on April 3 and in the UK on April 8.
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