Fox's New Mutants Is More 'Grounded' Than Past X-Men Films

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Director Josh Boone doesn't focus on superhero grandeur in Fox's The New Mutants, but instead takes a more "grounded" approach than the other installments of the blockbuster X-Men franchise.

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Steeped in horror influences, the film transplants the five young mutants -- Dani Moonstar, Magik, Wolfsbane, Cannonball and Sunspot -- from Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters so a secret facility, where they’re held against their will. While coming to terms with their own abilities, the teens must also confront the sins of their pasts.

Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy), Wolfsbane (Maisie Williams), Mirage (Blu Hunt), Cannonball (Charlie Heaton) and Sunspot (Henry Zaga) in Fox's The New Mutants.

“These kids could care less about being X-Men," Boone told USA Today. "They’re so [messed] up and have had such horrible things happen, they’re just trying to figure out how to get out of this situation. We just tried to pull this back and make it performance and character-driven, and more grounded and credible than X-Men movies ever are.”

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Characterized as “a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe,” The New Mutants is inspired in part by "The Demon Bear Saga," the seminal 1984 Marvel Comics storyline by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz.


Arriving April 13, 2018, The New Mutants stars Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy (Atlantis) as Magik, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Cannonball, Blu Hunt (The Originals) as Dani Moonstar and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Sunspot.

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