After more than a year of wondering whether we'd actually get to see Josh Boone's New Mutants movie, Disney (which bought out Fox's entertainment properties last March) has finally released a fresh trailer for the horror-oriented X-Men film. Boone (currently working on a new miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand for CBS All Access) drummed up publicity for the teaser last week on Instagram.
Based on the iconic Marvel team created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod in the early 1980s, the comic book film follows a group of young mutants just discovering their terrifying abilities for the first time. It also doesn't help that they're being held hostage at a secret, asylum-like facility (basically the exact opposite of the X-Mansion) that sees their unique gifts as a sickness to be feared rather than honed.
Boone and former Fox CEO Stacey Snider previously cited One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Breakfast Club, Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, and The Shining as influences.
Check out the latest trailer (once again, we're treated to an unsettling version of "Another Brick in the Wall") below:
As you can see, the film boasts an impressive young cast: Anya Taylor-Joy (Glass) as Magik, Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Cannonball, Henry Zaga (Teen Wolf) as Sunspot, and Blu Hunt (The Originals) as Mirage.
In addition, Alice Braga (Predators) will play the mutants' doctor, Cecilia Reyes, while Antonio Banderas (Genius) is rumored to appear as some sort of baddie.
With the X-Men slated to join the MCU at some point down the road, we are curious if this feature—which went through numerous reshoots and delays—will help lay the groundwork for that eventuality or simply stay a part of Fox's separate Marvel cinematic canon. In any case, the studio has a second chance to go out in a blaze of mutant-related glory after Simon Kinberg's much-maligned Dark Phoenix.
The New Mutants will arrive in theaters on Friday, April 3.
Boone, who co-wrote the screenplay with Knate Lee (Kidnap), promised fans on social media that the Disney-sanctioned cut of the feature closely adheres to his original vision for the project.