Writer and director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), alongside writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (The Disaster Artist), have been hard at work on The New Mutants, an upcoming film in the X-Men franchise starring Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) as Magik, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Cannonball, Blu Hunt (The Originals) as Mirage, and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Sunspot.
The trailer comes after months of speculation regarding the kind of tone the upcoming film would take. Judging from what we’re seeing here, The New Mutants is a straight-up horror flick.
The trailer opens with narration from Dr. Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga from Elysium and I Am Legend) as she interviews one of our five main characters, ending the line of questioning with an inquiry about mutants. And, to be honest, if it wasn’t for that line and the Marvel logo, I wouldn’t have known this was an X-Men movie. In fact, I had to actually pause the trailer about halfway through to make sure I was watching the right video. Tonally and visually, the trailer has more in common with Split and Dream Warriors than with Logan or Days of Future Past, let alone anything in the MCU. Considering who’s responsible for this film, this is a major surprise, one completely out of left field, and New Mutants has shot right up to the top of my most anticipated list for 2018.
It looks like a majority of the film will be spent on trying to get these characters out of the hospital, which is such a cool and creative approach to an origin story. Instead of going with the regular hero’s journey we see in most superhero movies, Boone and his co-writers are turning it into a total genre exercise, crafting a creepy haunted house story from this material, and it couldn’t look more incredible. I didn’t know I needed this movie until now, and April just cannot come soon enough.
Check out the trailer and be sure to see The New Mutants on April 13th, 2018.
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