“New Mutants” Tone & Story Details, Casting Talk

Josh Boone’s upcoming “X-Men” spin-off film “The New Mutants” is nearly at the starting line with filming to get underway on the project in July.

Speaking with EW about the film this week, Boone says the tone will be much darker than the main series and will avoid certain familiar elements – such as uniforms:

“We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.”

The story follows five teenage mutants who, held in a secret facility against their will, have to battle the dangers of their recently emerged powers, as well as the sins of their past. The film’s stakes will be kept much more personal.

Boone and Knate Lee penned the script and Boone says Fox is pushing to “make all these different X-Men spinoffs as drastically different as they can.”

The comment comes as more names have been rumored for the film in the article. Already confirmed are Anya Taylor-Joy (“Split”) as Magik and Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”) as Wolfsbane, today comes word that Henry Zaga (“13 Reasons Why”) is being linked to play Sunspot, and Rosario Dawson is in talks to play the mentor figure Dr. Cecilia Reyes who also has the ability to generate an invisible bio-field around herself.

Both Nat Wolff and James McAvoy had also been linked to making an appearance as Cannonball and Charles Xavier, but both possibilities have reportedly fallen through.

“The New Mutants” is currently targeting an April 13th release.