20th Century Fox has released the first frightful trailer for Josh Boone‘s The New Mutants. The film is an extension of the X-Men film universe and will center on a group of young mutants’ held in a secret facility fight to save themselves. The timing of the release seems very appropriate since it has been confirmed that New Mutantswill be a horror film. So get those blankets ready to hide under because you are going to need it.
Check out the trailer here below.
Boone has promised that New Mutants will be a “full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.” Judging by Logan and Deadpool, FOX has no problem taking their Marvel property in all sorts of directions, most of which has proven to be very successful at the box office. So the studio is hoping for the same results with New Mutants being a horror film.
The trailer plays to a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick On The Wall,” which seems fitting considering the film’s depressing setting. In it, we see our titular mutants being held in a hospital, where Alicia Barga’s character asks if they hurt anyone. A slow camera pan of numerical gravestones indicates that patients who are admitted are nothing more than just a number. They are then asked if they have experienced anything abnormal, and a quick shot of a mutant with an electrode attached to her head is shown, and their brainwave activity is measured. Soon the trailer reveals a series of monitors that watch their every move, proving that this isn’t just any ordinary hospital. And the last question is the link that connects it with FOX’s Marvel universe when Barga’s character asks if they know what mutants are.
The startling door slam and quick time-lapse are just the small hints that this is no ordinary X-Men movie. We then get to see our first full look at the mutants, who are told they are being held there because they are dangerous. And that’s when things start to get real scary.
We won’t spoil it for you, but our title characters discover that “this isn’t a hospital. This is a haunted house.” As if the faces pushing against the walls as if they want to escape wasn’t enough of a sign. Not to mention that these mutants are being subjected to all sorts of stimulation. Probably something you don’t want to do to a young mutant whose powers isn’t fully developed.
It will be interesting to see how loosely this film is connected to the X-Men universe, or if it will make any reference to what’s been going on in it. There were rumors that James McAvoy could reprise his role as Professor X in the film, but they were quickly squashed. However, there could be a few other surprises that are in the film that we don’t know about. We just have to wait and see.
The New Mutants stars Anya Taylor-Joy (Split) as Illyana Rasputin/Magik, a Russian sorceress who “uses teleportation discs to travel.” In the comics, the character is actually Colossus’ sister. Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) plays Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, a Scottish mutant “struggling to reconcile her religious beliefs with her power to turn into a wolf.” Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) is Sam Guthrie/Cannonball, a Kentuckian mutant “who can propel himself into the air and is invulnerable while doing so.” Henry Zaga (Teen Wolf, 13 Reasons Why) is Roberto da Costa/Sunspot, “a Brazilian mutant with the ability to manipulate solar energy.” The character first appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Blu Hunt (The Originals) will play Danielle Moonstar/Mirage, a Native American mutant “who has the power to create illusions drawn from the fears and desires of a person’s mind.” Then there’s Alice Braga (Predators, Queen of the South), who plays a mentor to the group, and “a medical doctor who has the ability to generate a protective bio-field around herself.”
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.
Written by Boone and Knate Lee, The New Mutants opens in theaters on April 13, 2018.