The X-Men universe is about to get a big hit of darkness in the upcoming horror offshoot film that is The New Mutants. It’s set within a government facility for mutant children, which kind of acts as the haunted house setup for the film, and from the look of the trailer below, they’ve got a lot more than the oppressive institution to deal with.
Directed by Josh Boone, it’s the latest X-Men film to take the franchise in new directions following on from the R-rated action of Logan earlier in 2017. The cast is made up of young newcomers with Maisie Williams being the most recognisable name, having starred in significant roles in Game Of Thrones and Doctor Who.
The New Mutants will be out on April 13th, 2018 in the US, but it has a slightly earlier UK release date set for April 11th, 2018. It’ll have box office competition from British fright-fest Ghost Stories and monster movie Rampage, which are out in the UK in the same week, so April 2018 is beginning to look a lot like Halloween.
The DVD And Blu-ray won’t be out in the UK until August 2018 at the earliest and with it being a Marvel film, we’re expecting it to get the 4K Ultra HD treatment too. It’s one of two X-Men films out in 2018 with the Jean Grey saga, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, planned for November.
The film gives a new slant to the storyline from its Marvel Comics roots. Instead of being a teen fighting force being trained by the likes of Charles Xavier, Magneto and Cable, they’re a group of young mutants being held at a secret facility to stop them from being able to do damage out in society.
However, there’s clearly a very sinister force imprisoned at the site with them, so things are set to get pretty bleak for the characters. It’s a fairly small roster for the beginning of The New Mutants spin-off on the big screen, so not all of the characters from the Comic have made it in. At the moment, the character list includes Magik, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Sunspot And Mirage.
Maisie Williams will be playing Rahne Sinclair / Wolfsbane, whose mutant power is to be able to turn into a wolf. She’s joined by Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things Series 2) as Cannonball, whose power is to turn into a human cannonball that is invulnerable when in flight. Anya Taylor-Joy (Glass) plays Illyana Rasputin / Magik, Colossus’s sister, who has seemingly magical, witch-like powers.
The cast also includes Henry Zaga (Teen Wolf) as Roberto da Costa / Sunspot, who can harness the power of the sun, and Blu Hunt (The Originals) as Danielle Moonstar / Mirage, who can manipulate people’s minds. Alice Braga (Elysium) will be playing the Doctor at the facility looking after the mutants.
In addition to directing the film, Josh Boone is also co-writer of the screenplay for The New Mutants alongside Knate Lee (Kidnap). Simon Kinberg, Karen Rosenfelt and Lauren Shuler Donner are down as producers. You can see more on the production at the film’s official Twitter page at twitter.com/newmutantsfilm, or the Facebook page at facebook.com/newmutantsfilm.
We’re looking forward too seeing The New Mutants on the big screen to find out how well it can make things stick. It’s great to see superhero films given a new and interesting slant – something that was done so well in Logan – and you can’t help but admire a production that puts all its faith on the talents of a young, up-and-coming cast.
It’s hard to see how it’s going to manage to be all that scary, but having a dark and genuinely sinister setup should be enough to give this a good run at the box office. The opening trailer is strong and we’re expecting more from Marvel and 20th Century Fox ahead of the release date in April 2018.