A shakeup at Fox has caused the New Mutants movie to get pushed all the way back to 2019. Here's everything we know so far

News Mike Cecchini Joseph Baxter

Mar 27, 2018

The New Mutants were the first of Marvel’s X-Men spinoffs in the comics, dealing with a younger crop of gifted youngsters as the core X-Men cast expanded and aged. So with the movie cast expanding and aging, it’s natural that we’d eventually get a version of them on screen. Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is directing the upcoming X-Men spinoff, and he has co-written it with Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, Knate Gwaltney.

New Mutants Release Date

New Mutants has been delayed yet again, and now it will open on August 2, 2019.

New Mutants Trailer

Check out the first trailer for the movie here! It might be some time before we see any new footage…

And check out all these creepy teasers…

The New Mutants Cast

Anya Taylor-Joy (The WitchSplit) will play Magik (sister of Colossus) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) will play mutant werewolf Wolfsbane. Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) plays Sam “Cannonball” Guthrie in the film. Blu Hunt (The Originals) has the key role of Danielle Moonstar, a character with telepathic abilities. This is a key role in the “Demon Bear Saga” that the movie is loosely adapting. Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) is Sunspot.

Meanwhile Alice Braga (Queen of the South) will take over the role of Dr. Cecilia Reyes from the previously cast Rosario Dawson. Reyes is a character from Marvel’s X-Men comic book mythos (first appearing in X-Men #65 in 1997) who is not only a mutant, gifted with the ability to create a “psioplasmic bio-field” to protect her body from harm, but serves as a trauma surgeon and sometime-mentor to the younger residents of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, namely the New Mutants team.

New Mutants Story

In 2016, in one of the earliest scoops to break on the movie, Coming Soon described New Mutants as anything other than your typical X-Men movie, or your typical superhero movie at all. Instead, they’re going for a “Stephen King meets John Hughes” vibe with horror elements. The earliest New Mutants comics, with moody Bill Sienkiewicz artwork certainly would play into that influence.

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

New Mutants is about these teenagers who are just coming into their powers,” 20th Century Fox CEO Stacy Snider told Variety. “It’s like watching mutants go through adolescence and they have no impulse control, so they’re dangerous. The only solution is to put them in a Breakfast Club detention/Cuckoo’s Nest institutional setting. It protects the people on the outside, but it’s strange and combustible inside. The genre is like a haunted-house movie with a bunch of hormonal teenagers.”

She added that it’s “more like The Shining than ‘we’re teenagers let’s save the world.'”

Check out an example of the art from those early stories, and yes, the bear is important…

They’ve also got a genuine storyboard animatic from the film, revealing that at least one of the antagonists will be the Demon Bear which menaced the team in those same early comics. The Demon Bear is, yes, a bear, but it also feeds on negativity and has immense power of its own, so if this is the menace of the movie, you won’t see any buildings coming down. 

What we see here seems to supplement the recurring theme of the trailer, which seems to imply that the unbridled mutant psychic abilities of Danielle Moonstar, a.k.a. Mirage (Blue Hunt), will be central to the film’s plot.

With the New Mutants captured in a psych ward, we see team members Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy), Wolfsbane (Maisie Williams), Cannonball (Charlie Heaton) and Sunspot (Henry Zaga) tending to a floored and unconscious Mirage, likely after another torturous psychic experience.

And if it’s a hit? Well, apparently Mr. Boone has envisioned this as a trilogy of films, so we’ll see if that works out.