In a surprise announcement, Josh Boone, the director for the upcoming film X-Men: The New Mutants teased fans with the arrival of a trailer for his new movie tomorrow (October 12, 2017). In an Instagram post just hours ago, here is what he posted:
Fans of the New Mutants will be happy to see the X-Men spinoff getting traction and such an early spotlight, even with all the upcoming movies from the MCU and the DC Universes coming out (Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League, respectively).
The movie will feature Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin/Magik, Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, Charlie Heaton as Samuel Guthrie/Cannonball, Henry Zaga as Sunspot/Roberto da Casta and Blue Hunt as Danielle Moonstar/Mirage. The set date for the movie is April 13, 2018, but to see a teaser trailer this early is a real treat for comic book readers and X-Men fans alike.
The Horror X-Film
X-Men: The New Mutants will be a horror film. CEO and Chairman of 20th Century Fox Stacey Snider described the film as Breakfast Club meets Cuckoo’s Nest. How the movie will balance these two aspects of detention and institutionalization will be tricky. Notwithstanding, audiences will be eager to see how something like Legion will do the big screen. It might be a safe bet to say it will play out well in theaters just as it did on television. Perhaps Fox is learning a lesson from Logan and not focusing on making a super hero movie. Maybe they want to make a movie about people who just happen to be suffering because of who they are and what they can do.
Josh Boone is known as a director with such films as Stuck in Love and The Fault in Our Stars. It’s anyone’s guess as to how he will tangle horror in with what Snider describes as this institutional detention environment. We’re hoping for a brilliantly crafted story. One that made us clamor to the pages of the New Mutants in the comics. Hopefully it’ll bring a few new readers to the comics as well. With a young director at the helm, he may better relate to some of the themes of adolescence. He might be keener to feelings of isolation, and the changes felt through adolescence. However, I also hope that his youth in storytelling doesn’t alienate older audiences.