'The New Mutants': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about the X-Men horror flick

'The New Mutants', originally planned as the last of 'X-Men' movies, is a horror film featuring a junior team of young mutants who are still learning to use their powers


                            'The New Mutants': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about the X-Men horror flick
Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt in 'The New Mutants' (20th Century Fox)

Fans of Marvel's merry mutants have been eagerly waiting to see the X-Men brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well, that might still take a while but in the meantime, there's a new movie coming in 2020 that promises to satisfy all your mutant needs.

'The New Mutants', originally planned as the last of Fox's 'X-Men' movies, is a teen horror film featuring a junior team of young mutants who are still learning to use their powers. The characters who appear in the movie are all taken from the classic 'New Mutants' comics but with a creepy horror twist thrown in. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the project:

Release Date

'The New Mutants' has been delayed several times. It was meant to release on April 3, 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been pushed further till August 28, 2020.

Plot

'The New Mutants' starts with the classic 'X-Men' premise: five promising young mutants are brought to a secret facility where they are promised help in controlling their latent powers. But from that seemingly hopeful beginning, the story goes in a dark, twisted, and suspenseful direction that has been sorely missing not just from 'X-Men' movies but comic book adaptations in general.

These deeply traumatized and damaged individuals are forced to work together and fight their fears in order to escape the facility, which, it turns out, is basically a murder house for mutants. If you're a fan of the 'New Mutants' comics, horror films, or just the stellar cast, this is one movie you need to watch.  

Cast

Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy (Getty Images)

The 'Split' actress stars in 'The New Mutants' as the infernally cool mutant Illyana Rasputin/Magik.

It hasn't been revealed if the movie will depict her as the Demon Queen she is in the comics but judging from the trailer, she's just as badass. Oh, and she's also going to be carrying her iconic soulsword.

Taylor-Joy is joined on the cast list by Maisie Williams ('Game of Thrones') as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, Charlie Heaton ('Stranger Things') as Sam Guthrie/Cannonball, Henry Zaga ('Trinkets') as Roberto da Costa/Sunspot, Blu Hunt ('The Originals') as Danielle Moonstar/Mirage, and Alice Braga ('Queen of the South') as Cecilia Reyes.

Director

Josh Boone

The 40-year-old director is perhaps best known as the director of the 2014 movie 'The Fault in Our Stars'. With 'The New Mutants', Boone will be going in a completely different direction, though one could argue that the young adult element would still be present. Boone has also written for the movie in collaboration with Knate Lee ('Kidnap').

The movie is produced by Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Karen Rosenfelt, and Lauren Shuler Donner. The late Stan Lee is also credited as an executive producer on the movie.  

Trailer



 

The first teaser for the movie was released in October 2017, giving us a brief taste of the horror house vibe the movie will be bringing to the X-Men comics. Right then, the fans were hooked and it's truly a shame it's taken so long for the movie to be released.



 

The first full-length trailer for the movie was released on January 6.

It shows the five young mutants together at an abandoned-looking hospital where they begin to notice things that lead them to believe that the hospital is not so much a safe haven but a prison where they would be forced to face their worst fears.

Judging from the appearance of the Demon Bear and the inclusion of Dani Moonstar, there's a pretty good chance that all the horror elements we're seeing are just illusions created by Dani but then again, 'The New Mutants' have faced everything from killer aliens to demonic warlords in the comics, so nothing is outside of the realm of possibility.

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‘Glass’

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