Josh Boone’s The New Mutants dropped one of the most surprising trailers we’ve seen all year. There were reports that the film would have horror elements, but what we saw was undeniably horror in the purest sense of the word. This is no “thriller” movie. The New Mutants has more in common with A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors than it does Logan, and Fox wants you to know that with this new poster, which emphasizes the nightmarish, claustrophobic atmosphere of the film.
The R-rated X-Men movies have all kind of existed in their own genres when you think about it. Deadpool was a comedy, Logan was a western, and The New Mutants is going to be a horror flick. It makes you wonder what genres Fox is going to approach next, especially with Dark Phoenix and Gambit. As for New Mutants, the upcoming film is the first in a planned trilogy, and will probably undercut the horror with an origin story structure, which hasn’t really been done before.
With Deadpool, having the origin story be a comedy made sense. Logan, on the other hand, used an established character in a slightly different setting, which also felt like a natural progression. As for New Mutants, I have no idea what to expect. The film stars Anya Taylor-Joy (Thoroughbreds, The Witch) as Magik, Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane, Charlie Heaton (who we’ll see return in the third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things) as Cannonball, Blu Hunt (The Originals) as Mirage, Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Sunspot, and Alice Braga (I Am Legend) as Dr. Cecilia Reyes.
According to a synopsis of the film, “five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.” The New Mutants is directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), written by Boone and Knate Lee, and hits theaters this April on a familiar date for horror fans, Friday the 13th.
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