‘The New Mutants’ will be ‘horror movie’ set in X-Men universe, director says

new mutants movie plot x men horror
Bob McLeod / Marvel Comics
Cameras are expected to begin rolling on the upcoming X-Men spinoff movie The New Mutants in just a few months, so we’re starting to learn a few more details about the project, which focuses on a group of teenage mutants struggling to deal with the triple threat of their powerful abilities, the onset of adulthood, and a secret organization out to control them.

In a recent interview with director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), the filmmaker revealed that the film will emphasize the scariest aspects of all three aforementioned elements.

“We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe,” Boone told Entertainment Weekly. “There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.”

The 20th Century Fox film is based on the comic book series of the same name created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, which debuted in 1983 and followed a group of teenage students of Charles Xavier coping with the combined stresses of young adulthood and having powerful abilities that set them apart from the rest of humanity. The series was well-received for its serious take on the issues facing teenagers and the very real threats — and consequences — the team faced both within their own social circle and from outside enemies.

The report indicates that an anonymous source close to the project offered the following, unconfirmed synopsis of the film’s plot: “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 film’s script was penned by Boone and his longtime friend and collaborator, Knate Lee, and already has several high-profile cast members attached to roles. The Witch and Split actress Anya Taylor-Joy will play the teleporting, sorcery-wielding mutant Magik, while Game of Thrones and Doctor Who actress Maisie Williams will play the mutant Wolfsbane, who can transform into a savage, wolf-like creature.

The report also indicates that 13 Reasons Why actor Henry Zaga will officially be announced in the role of Sunspot, a mutant who can harness solar energy. Daredevil and Luke Cage actress Rosario Dawson is also rumored for an unidentified role in the film.

Previously, it was reported that the studio is searching for a Native American actress to play Danielle Moonstar, a mutant capable of creating terrifying illusions, as well as an actor to portray Cannonball, a Kentucky teenager who is able to propel himself forward at blazing speed while surrounded by a near-invulnerable barrier, and the alien Warlock, a member of a techno-organic extraterrestrial species.

The New Mutants is currently scheduled to hit theaters April 13, 2018.

Movies & TV

Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel conjures up a director and a release date

Doctor Strange director and co-writer Scott Derrickson will return to helm the Sorcerer Supreme's next big-screen adventure. Filming will begin in 2020, after Strange's mysterious Avengers: Endgame fate is resolved.
Movies & TV

'Stranger Things' season 3 teaser reveals the new episodes' titles

With a sophomore season as strong as its first, Stranger Things is now moving on to season 3. Here's everything we've learned so far about the Netflix series' upcoming third season.
Movies & TV

Ice meets fire in HBO's latest 'Game of Thrones' season 8 teaser

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.
Movies & TV

Avengers 4 teaser trailer has finally arrived: Prepare for ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Marvel Studios has released the first teaser trailer for Avengers 4, which reveals the film's official title, Avengers: Endgame. The sequel to Avengers: Infinity War, the movie will now premiere in April 2019.
Movies & TV

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ trailer unleashes a bevy of beasts

Legendary Pictures has released the first full-length trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the sequel to 2014's Godzilla, which pits the giant lizard against a host of new monstrous threats.
Movies & TV

Disney reveals epic first picture from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction

The Millennium Falcon is fueled up and ready to embark on its Smuggler's Run at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the new theme park attraction set to open in 2019 at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Home Theater

Looking for the best 4K Ultra HD TVs you can buy? Here are five great options

If it's time to upgrade your old 1080p to a new 4K model but you don't know what to look for, fear not, as we're here with a list of the best 4K Ultra HD TVs to help make your buying process as easy as possible.
Movies & TV

The best Amazon Original series, from 'Bosch' to 'Transparent'

Amazon Studios may not have as big a collection of in-house productions as Netflix, but there are still lots of shows worthy of your eyeballs. Here are our picks for the best Amazon original series.
Movies & TV

HBO Go vs. HBO Now: Which streaming service is right for you?

If you're looking to get access to HBO, you might be comparing HBO Go and HBO Now. We break down the differences between the twin streaming services and see how they compare to one another.
Movies & TV

Sit down and watch some of the best stand-up comedy on Netflix

Feeling a little funny? There are hundreds of hilarious comedy specials out there, and you can't be expected to comb through them all. Lucky for you, we've compiled a list of the best stand-up specials on Netflix.
Movies & TV

Lose the torrents. Here's how to watch 'Game of Thrones' online (legally)

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on TV, but unless you're a cable subscriber, finding a way to watch isn't always easy. Check out our guide on how to watch online, whether you prefer using HBO, Hulu, or Amazon.
Home Theater

Kill your cable and switch to streaming with our painless guide

If you're going to quit cable or satellite for a streaming TV solution, you're going to want to get it right the first time. We've outlined exactly how to get started, step by step. Follow our lead, and you'll never look back.
Cars

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…
Home Theater

What’s new on Netflix and what’s leaving in January 2019

Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for January 2019 and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on your bingeing, and also ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming ether.