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‘X-Men: The New Mutants’ set to begin filming in Boston

Actor James McAvoy, who plays Professor Xavier in the “X-Men” movies, may be starring in “X-Men: The New Mutants.”
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Actor James McAvoy, who plays Professor Xavier in the “X-Men” movies, may be starring in “X-Men: The New Mutants.”

Prepare yourself for an alien invasion.

Pre-production has begun in Boston on “X-Men: The New Mutants,” a spinoff of the wildly successful “X-Men” film franchise. Not much is known about the movie, except that director Josh Boone, whose credits include “The Fault in Our Stars,” will be behind the camera, and Scottish actor James McAvoy might be in front of it.

We say might because the cast hasn’t been confirmed, but McAvoy, who played Professor Xavier in the “X-Men” movies, is rumored to be reprising the role in “The New Mutants.” It’s not clear where Boone will be filming — we’re told scouts have looked at Medfield State Hospital, where director Martin Scorsese filmed scenes for “Shutter Island” — but we at least know work has begun because Boone posted a picture on Instagram announcing that the long-gestating movie is finally off the ground.

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It’s one of a few film projects now rolling, or soon to be.

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