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'The Darkest Minds' May Scratch Your 'X-Men' Itch, And Then Some

By Tori Preston | Film | March 28, 2018 | Comments ()

By Tori Preston | Film | March 28, 2018 |


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20th Century Fox may have pushed back their upcoming X-Men titles, New Mutants and Dark Phoenix, until later next year, but it turns out the studio still has a diverse group of super-powered teens to put on the big screen. They just released the first trailer for The Darkest Minds, which looks like the Hunger Games/Firestarter/X-Men hybrid you didn’t know you needed:

To be fair, a good portion of the Hunger Games vibe stems directly from Amandla Stenberg, who played Rue in the film. And also because this movie is an adaptation of a dystopian YA book series as well — only in this series, a mysterious disease has wiped out most of the children, and the ones who survived developed frightening new powers. So, naturally, the government views them as a threat. Stenberg plays Ruby, who it appears is even MORE frighteningly powerful than average, and is maybe hiding that fact? And she’s on the run with some other teens, and I think there will be a revolution? Which, now that I think about it, a bunch of teens rising up in resistance against the government feels pretty fucking on-brand these days.

The film also stars Mandy Moore and Gwendoline Christie, and was directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3). It’ll be in theaters August 3rd. And TK may have just convinced me to read the book series, which he apparently enjoyed quite a bit. Dude contains MULTITUDES.




Tori Preston is deputy editor of Pajiba. She rarely tweets here but she promises she reads all the submissions for the "Ask Pajiba (Almost) Anything" column at advice@pajiba.com.


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