Things look to be proceeding well with the upcoming New Mutants movie, the latest attempt by 20th Century Fox to spin-off further mutant adventures from the main X-Men movie series. The film in in the process to recruit all the New Mutants so that filming can start in the hopefully near future and meet its Spring 2018 release. But here’s a tip, for those expecting a superhero movie in the vein of the X-Men films, the last Wolverine flick Logan, or even Deadpool, director Josh Boone is promising to deliver something different, and he’s recruiting Rosario Dawson to help him out with the horror (?) in New Mutants.
First up, Empire is reporting that Dawson, who recently appeared in all of Marvel’s various Netflix series as the nurse Claire Temple, has signed on to appear in New Mutants as Dr. Ceilia Reyes. In the comics, Reyes was a doctor and a mutant that finds herself involved with the X-Men after some kind of cataclysm. It’s unknown what kind of role that Reyes will play in New Mutants, but it seems likely that she might be a mentor in the picture. Dawson joins the two previously signed up stars, Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane, and Split’s Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik.
As to that question of tone, it was Boone that told Entertainment Weekly, “We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe,” he said. “There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.” For fans of the comic book, Boone said that his inspiration was the work of Bill Sienkiewicz, a comic book artist who started work on New Mutants with issue #18. Boone told he EW that the series took a turn that was “a darker and more surreal and impressionistic X-Men series than we’d ever seen before. It felt like Stephen King meets John Hughes.”
So now there’s that to look forward to. New Mutants will be in theatres everywhere on April 13, 2018.