'The New Mutants' stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why).
Twentieth Century Studios, in association with Marvel Entertainment, have announced their original horror thriller directed by Josh Boone, titled The New Mutants. The film will release in the UAE on September 10.
The New Mutants stars Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones; Early Man; Then Came You), Anya Taylor-Joy (Peaky Blinders; Split; Glass; Emma), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), Alice Braga (The Shack), Blu Hunt (The Originals) and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why).
Rahne Sinclair (Williams), Illyana Rasputin (Taylor-Joy), Sam Guthrie (Heaton) and Roberto De Costa (Zaga) are four young mutants being held in an isolated hospital for psychiatric monitoring. Dr Cecilia Reyes (Braga), believing the teenagers are a danger both to themselves and to society as a whole, keeps a close eye on them as she struggles to teach them how to reign in their mutant abilities.
When newcomer Danielle “Dani” Moonstar (Hunt) joins the other patients in the facility, strange occurrences begin to take place. The hospital’s patients are plagued by hallucinations and flashbacks, and both their new mutant abilities – and their friendships – will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive.
The film is produced by Simon Kinberg, best known for his work on the X-Men film franchise, and has also written such films as Mr & Mrs Smith and Sherlock Holmes; Karen Rosenfelt of Twilight and Twilight Saga, and Lauren Shuler Donner of Deadpool and Dark Phoenix. American comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer Stan Lee alongside Michele Imperato Stabile served as executive producers. The film is written by Boone and Knate Lee.
“We wanted the film to be a horror story, one that relayed the true horrors of being a teenager in search of themselves,” says Boone, “and Simon Kinberg understands how much we have to push these movies to make them their own unique thing and to have their own unique identity.”
Together, Boone and Lee pitched Kinberg a female-driven origins narrative with the demon bear storyline as its framework which introduces The New Mutants to a brand-new audience. “Although we incorporate similar themes from the comics, this is very much its’ own unique story,” continued Boone. “Though there are references to the X-Men and our characters know who the X-Men are, this a standalone world where if you took these characters and tried to place them in another X-Men movie, they would seem like outsiders.”
Lee added: “The New Mutants always stood out to us because the characters and their powers –as well as their back stories – were just a little bit more screwed up than the rest of the mainline X-Men, and translating their powers and their storylines really lent themselves more towards the horror genre.”
“The New Mutants is very much a coming-of-age story about young adults accepting what’s happened in their pasts so they can move forward into the future. We all have a history and past that we have to move beyond, and within this story, we wanted to embrace that narrative which provides a strong emotional spine,” producer Karen Rosenfelt noted.