Wolfsbane

First poster for The New Mutants bares its horror fangs

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Dec 5, 2017

The X-Men teens want to break free. The first poster for director Josh Boone’s spin-off horror/superhero hybrid The New Mutants has dropped, and it’s very spooky. Boone, while not a proven horror director yet, certainly has experience putting teens through dramatic situations in his films (he helmed 2014's The Fault in Our Stars).

Reinforcing the contained, claustrophobic feeling of the mutants’ stay in a mental ward/government facility, the poster’s pure white walls feature its stars' faces straining to push through — including one face sporting some new fangs. Take a look:

Those fangs belong to Maisie Williams’ Rahne Sinclair, better known in the comics as Wolfsbane. That character can sometimes be more wolf-like than werewolf-like, so it’ll be interesting to see if Williams unlocks some full transformation abilities over the course of the film.

Either way, the youngsters — including Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy), Cannonball (Charlie Heaton), Sunspot (Henry Zaga), and Mirage (Blu Hunt) — will be embracing the film's horror genre by attempting to survive, and presumably escape, their prison-like asylum.

The filmmakers have also dropped some additional hints about the film's plot, seemingly reinforcing fan speculation that The New Mutants movie will tackle the famous "Demon Bear Saga" from the comic book. That landmark early '80s storyline, from writer Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, saw the titular Big Bad haunting Mirage in her dreams before mounting an all-out attack on the entire team. On Monday, the film's Instagram posted an image of blood-splattered snow, with a necklace nearby bearing a wood carving of a bear.

The New Mutants opens on April 13.