Fox is continuing to push the thematic boundaries of all things related to the X-Men, and with their upcoming film The New Mutants, things look like they’re taking a spooky turn. And by “spooky” I mean full-on teen horror flick. If the menacing institutional vibe, the long dark hallways, and the “face pushing against the walls” tropes weren’t enough, we can probably take a cue from the date they chose to release the first official trailer: Friday, October 13th.
Yup, it’s time for Horror Mutants!
Directed by Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars), the film introduces Marvel’s New Mutants line-up without all that spandex and Charles Xavier nonsense. Based on the footage, the teens are locked up in some sort of asylum or institution because they’re dangerous. And considering the graveyard (outside the institution?) is filled with stones marked with numbers rather than names, it’s probably safe to say the goings-on are rather secretive.
The mutants we’ll be meeting? Danielle Moonstar (“Mirage”), played by Blu Hunt (The Originals); Roberto da Costa (“Sunspot”), played by Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why); Sam Guthrie (“Cannonball”), played by Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things); Illyana Rasputin (“Magik”), played by Anya Taylor-Joy (Split); and Rahne Sinclair (“Wolfsbane”), played by MOTHERFUCKIN’ ARYA! That’s right, Maisie Williams has gotten the hell out of Westeros (smart move) and is playing a girl with a very transformative power set, if the movie sticks to the comics. I can’t wait.
The rumor is that the movie will be inspired at least in part by the “Demon Bear” storyline, which would lend itself well to the horror vibe they are going for (seriously, if I didn’t know this is a Marvel property, that trailer would have me convinced this was a secret posthumous Wes Craven flick). It’s also worth noting that Alice Braga is playing Dr. Cecilia Reyes, who is an ally and occasional X-Man in the comics. But, uh… she seems to have taken a more sinister turn here.
We’ll see how it all fits together when the movie hits theaters April 13, 2018.