'X-Men' Spinoff 'New Mutants' is a Horror Movie and Might Co-star Rosario Dawson

'X-Men' Spinoff 'New Mutants' is a Horror Movie and Might Co-star Rosario Dawson

May 25, 2017

With Deadpool and Logan both bigger box office hits than the last team-based X-Men movie, another spinoff is also aiming to be something different. Here's everything we know about New Mutants through the latest updates:

How will New Mutants be different from other X-Men movies? 

Although an ensemble effort, The New Mutants isn't really an X-Men team movie or part of the primary series because it's about a young group of mutants learning to use their powers. But the latest on how different it'll be is that it'll be a horror movie. "We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe,” writer-director Josh Boone tells Entertainment Weekly. “There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different."

Is the horror genre consistent with the comic books? 

Yes, if you count the Bill Sienkiewicz-drawn New Mutants run (see right) as horror. Boone describes those issues as "a darker and more surreal and impressionistic X-Men series than we’d ever seen before. It felt like Stephen King meets John Hughes." That description doesn't make it sound like The New Mutants will be like a full-fledged horror movie so much as something akin to Stranger Things.

What is the plot of The New Mutants?

Of course the premise is being kept a secret for now, but the story will primarily involve the title characters attempting to control their new powers. An unnamed source tells EW, "Held in a secret facility against their will, five new mutants have to battle the dangers of their powers, as well as the sins of their past. They aren’t out to save the world — they’re just trying to save themselves." The kind of sounds like the original pre-reshoot version of the Fantastic Four reboot, which like the X-Men movies was made by Fox.

Don't we know who the villain is, though?

Last fall it was confirmed Demon Bear would be the villain, and the proof-of-concept animatic teaser from the time shows him and the New Mutants in action while the tone does certainly seem horror-ish. Watch it again below. 

 

What do we know of the casting so far?

We recently got official confirmation that Maisie Williams is playing Wolfsbane and Anya Taylor-Joy is Magik. We're still waiting for definite word on whether Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) is really going to be Cannonball, while other uncertainties include Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) for the role of Sunspot and Rosario Dawson, who is reportedly in talks to play mentor Dr. Cecilia Reyes. Another likely New Mutant character we're waiting to hear about is Danielle Moonstar. Maybe also the non-human Warlock.

Will any characters we already know from the X-Men movies appear?

In the past it's been rumored that Professor X and Storm would be in The New Mutants, but so far nothing is official, reportedly neither is in the script and there's no word on their respective actors for that time period (James McAvoy for the former, Alexandra Shipp for the latter) being involved. But maybe there'll be cameos.

When does The New Mutants come out?

April 13, 2018.

 

 

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