Now that Hugh Jackman has bid farewell to the X-Men franchise and Wolverine, 20th Century Fox is slowly gearing up for a brand new chapter in its elaborate mutant saga. Out with the old and in with the new, as the old saying goes.
It’s a venture that will see the launch of an X-23 spinoff under James Mangold and Craig Kyle, the author behind Dafne Keen’s Laura, along with a Drew Goddard-directed X-Force movie. Filming on that one is expected to commence late next year – or early 2019, as Josh Brolin cautioned – by which point Fox will have launched three high-profile tentpoles onto the big screen: Deadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and The New Mutants.
Out of that tantalizing trio, The New Mutants has caught our eye for its bold horror elements, not to mention the A-list cast of up-and-coming talent. Both were on full display during that unnerving first trailer, which released to coincide with Friday the 13th earlier this month – how very fitting. Turns out The New Mutants Twitter feed has been dropping follow-up teasers ever since, and we’ve included them below for your viewing pleasure:
— New Mutants (@NewMutantsFilm) October 13, 2017
— New Mutants (@NewMutantsFilm) October 26, 2017
They’re more a pair of haunting .GIFs than anything else, but the nightmarish imagery – the crucifix, the dead bird lying next to an old-fashioned window – is enough to drive home the point that, yes, The New Mutants will be unlike any other X-Men film before it.
And it could be the first in a brand new trilogy of movies, according to director Josh Boone, who presides over an ensemble cast that includes The Witch breakout Anya Taylor-Joy (Illyana Rasputin/Magik), Maisie Williams (Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane), Charlie Heaton (Sam Guthrie/Cannonball), Alice Braga (Dr. Cecilia Reyes), Henry Zaga (Roberto da Costa/Sunspot), and Blu Hunt (Danielle Moonstar/Mirage).
The New Mutants will become the new kids on Fox’s block once Boone’s horror-themed spinoff scurries into theaters on April 13th, 2018. And yes, that’s a Friday, too.