The cast of New Mutants are already busy becoming quick friends. And in continuation with 20th Century Fox’s recent strategy for their X-Men cinematic universe, New Mutants promises to be unlike any other X-Men film that audiences have seen before. Coming from writer and director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) New Mutants is said to be a coming-of-age/horror film with an unexpected tonal combination that brings together the storytelling styles of John Hughes and Stephen King. In a slate that already includes highly-anticipated titles like Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, this unexpected X-Men spinoff film is quickly shaping up to be one of the more interesting superhero films of the next few years.
It doesn’t hurt either, that the cast and creative team that have been assembled for New Mutants is stacked with some considerable talent. Starting with Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik and Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane, the rest of the film’s cast has been coming together over the past few weeks, including the casting of newcomer Blu Hunt as Mirage, Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton as Cannonball, and 13 Reasons Why star Henry Zaga as Sunspot. Rosario Dawson is also attached to the film as Dr. Cecilia Reyes.
Principal photography on New Mutants is set to begin shortly, and as such, the film’s main cast members have slowly been meeting up with each other over the past few days. It looks like the New Mutants are already starting to hit it off, with Williams, Joy, and Zaga all posting some behind-the-scenes photos together on their official Instagram accounts throughout the past week. Check out the photos for yourself down below:
While no specific details have been revealed from the film’s plot as of yet, it has been confirmed that New Mutants will be a “full-fledged horror film” which centers around a group of five mutant teenagers locked against their will in a secret facility. While struggling to adapt to their new lives, the film follows the mutants as they fight against not only the forces working against them but the mistakes each of them have made in their past as well, which threaten to come back to haunt them.
If that premise sounds notably smaller and more intimate than a majority of the other superhero movies being released nowadays, then it sounds like that’s exactly what Boone is going for here. New Mutants has been described multiple times as a more intimate and psychological superhero film than audiences might be used to, though, that’s just par for the course with Fox’s X-Men films, following Logan and Deadpool. If Boone really wants to make sure New Mutants lands well emotionally, then giving these kinds of difficult, troubled roles to some of the best young actors working in the entertainment industry today, certainly isn’t a bad place to start from.
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