As you surely know by now, Fox recently pushed Josh Boone’s The New Mutants out of its April 2018 slot and into February 2019, reportedly to “embrace the film’s horror elements” and make it as scary as possible. Mind you, that reason for the final hour delay has not been officially confirmed, but we sure are hoping it’s the truth.
On a related note, Boone promises that even in the film’s current incarnation, the PG-13 rating has been pushed to the max for optimum terror.
“This movie is probably the hardest PG-13 ever made,” Boone tells Empire Magazine. “I mean, we’ve pushed it. The horror is pretty dark, but there’s also an emotional core, too. If I can scare you and make you cry: that’s the goal.”
During the same chat, Boone confirmed that the film will feature no superhero costumes.
“There are no costumes,” he noted. “That alone makes it different. They can’t be with the other kids at the X-Mansion. They’re too fuckeed up. They’ve all killed people, whether intentionally or unintentionally.”
In the film, “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.”
The cast includes Henry Zaga as Roberto da Costa a.k.a Sunspot, a mutant with the ability to absorb and channel solar power; Blu Hunt as Danielle Moonstar, the Native American telepath also known as “Mirage”; Alice Braga as Dr. Cecilia Reyes, a medical doctor who has the ability to generate a protective bio-field around herself but also has more going on than she lets on; Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin, also known as Magik, who uses teleportation; Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie, a.k.a. Cannonball; and Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair, a.k.a. Wolfsbane, who can turn into a wolf.
Boone directed from a script he co-wrote with Knate Lee.
The new date is February 22, 2019.