Twentieth Century Fox’ latest addition to their lineup of films set in the X-Men universe is a horror film featuring a new cast of mutants called… The New Mutants.
The spinoff film introduces viewers to an entirely new cast of characters that originally featured in Marvel’s X-Men comicbook universe, as we follow the young mutants in what appears to be some type of insane asylum, where they’re being tested on and analysed, with horrific outcomes.
It’s a huge stylistic departure from what you’ve come to expect from Fox’s slate of X-Men films that we’ve seen so far, and a welcome one in my opinion.
The New Mutants comes across as a straight up horror film, with a cast of super-powered characters.
Why the studio has decided to go in this direction is anyone’s guess, but we’ve seen heaps of X-Men films that feature a similar stylistic tone already, so why not?
And if it’s successful, it may open the door for other studios like Marvel and Sony to follow suit, as there’s certainly no shortage of character’s in Marvel’s catalogue that could fit in the horror genre.
The film is directed by Josh Boone, the director of 2014’s The Fault in our Stars.
The new mutants in the film are played by Anya Taylor-Joy (as Magik), Maisie Williams (as Wolfsbane), Charlie Heaton (as Cannonball), Henry Zaga (as Sunspot), Blu Hunt (as Mirage), and Alice Braga as the villainous Dr. Cecilia Reyes.
For more details about the comicbook history of these characters, check out the Wiki page here, along with an image of the team below the trailer.
The film hits cinemas on 12 April 2018.
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