Kids have the power in the upcoming adaptation of YA series The Darkest Minds, but the latest teaser focuses on how romance can blossom even in the midst of struggle.
The first trailer for Fox's adaptation of Alexandra Bracken's YA novel The Darkest Minds focused on the more superhero-based aspects of the film, which follows Ruby (Amandla Stenberg) as she navigates a world in which a majority of the world's under-18 population has died by plague, and those who survived have psychic powers.
Sounds depressing, right? Well, the latest teaser focuses more on the romance of the film as Ruby and another teenage survivor named Liam (Harris Dickinson) form a connection while on the run.
Check it out:
Cue the "awwwws." It's nice to see there might be at least one part of the film that leaves audiences feeling good, because most of the plot is pretty dour. In the world of The Darkest Minds, the surviving children who have powers are thrown into what amounts to concentration camps by the adults who fear their abilities. But once they escape the camps, they come together to fight for a better life.
The Darkest Minds is only the first in a series of books by Bracken, so if the film does well, we could get more of the story -- think The Hunger Games, Divergent, or Maze Runner series. The kids have psychic abilities, so they should be able to tell us, right?
The Darkest Minds -- from Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3 director Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy, and co-starring Bradley Whitford, Mandy Moore, and Gwendoline Christie -- hits theaters Aug. 3.