The New Mutants has faced one delay after another for well over two years, prompting some to wonder whether Marvel’s horror themed X-Men spin-off will ever arrive in cinemas.
Director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is behind the experimental superhero flick, set in a secret facility where five mutants are beginning to manifest incredible superhuman abilities.
After a period of considerable doubt and uncertainty, the film is once again on track towards a cinema release – but given the astonishingly bad luck it’s had so far, more setbacks could well be on the cards.
Regardless, here’s everything we know about Marvel’s New Mutants…
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When is The New Mutants released in the UK?
The New Mutants has been continually delayed. Originally set to be released in April 2018, the film was bumped to August 2019, and then moved repeatedly due to various scheduling conflicts as well as events completely out of its control.
At time of writing, New Mutants is due to be released in cinemas on 28th August 2020, announced on the film’s official Twitter page along with a very cool new poster. Of course, whether the film actually makes this date is another matter entirely.
The New Mutants had previously been intended to arrive in UK cinemas on 10th April 2020, almost two years since its initial release date. However, the film was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen the temporary closure of most cinemas across Europe.
In a statement, Disney said: “As you know this has been a rapidly evolving situation and [we] wanted to make you aware that we are postponing the releases of Mulan, The New Mutants, and Antlers out of an abundance of caution.
“We truly believe in the moviegoing experience, and we are looking at new potential 2020 release dates to be announced at a later date.”
Why has it been delayed so many times?
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Accounts vary, though some of the earlier delays were apparently caused by reshoots to the movie to make it scarier, as well as finding a good spot in the calendar for fellow X-Men flick Dark Phoenix (in other words, shifting around various movies on the slate).
After 20th Century Fox was acquired by Disney, The New Mutants had to be moved again to prevent it from competing with other major blockbusters from the Mouse House, including movies set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the summer of 2019, Variety reported that the studio was “unimpressed with New Mutants… and believes it has limited box office potential,” prompting speculation that it could be scrapped altogether.
However, Disney did eventually find a new date for the movie, planning an April 2020 release that briefly seemed plausible. That was until the coronavirus outbreak escalated into a global pandemic, forcing The New Mutants to move once again.
Fans called for it to be released online via premium video on demand or Disney+, but the studio opted to earmark another theatrical release date instead. Only time will tell if it will be pushed back again…
What’s the story?
A creepy twist on the original comics, The New Mutants follows a group of five young mutants just discovering their powers, who are kept in a strange facility where their own abilities create terrifying challenges to escape.
Director Boone and star Maisie Williams have said that the film will include a same-sex relationship – with Boone claiming there will be “a beautiful love story” told throughout.
Is there a trailer?
There are two! One is from back when the film was supposed to come out in April 2018, and shows off all sorts of creepy goings-on as the New Mutants grow into their abilities.
A second trailer, which features the now abandoned 2020 release date, dropped in January and provides a closer look at the plot. Telepathic mutant Dani Moonstar (Blu Hunt) arrives at a mysterious hospital, only to discover the staff may not have her best interests at heart…
Who is in the cast of The New Mutants?
The New Mutants features an impressive cast of up and coming stars, many of whom have also appeared in other franchises.
Anya Taylor-Joy (Peaky Blinders) plays Illyana Rasputin/Magik, a major character from the Marvel comic books who has the ability to teleport via portals into a nightmarish limbo dimension. In the comic books, she is the sister of Colossus (last seen in Deadpool 2) and becomes a powerful sorcerer, taking on Doctor Strange in the Avengers vs X-Men storyline.
Fear-based illusionist Danielle Moonstar/Mirage will be played by Blu Hunt, best known for her role on Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals. Meanwhile, Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) will take on the role of solar-powered strongman Roberto da Costa aka Sunspot, a character who previously appeared in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past (played by a different actor).
Alice Braga (Queen of the South) portrays the group’s mentor Dr Cecilia Reyes, who has the ability to create a protective force field around her.
How does it tie in with the other X-Men movies?
Initially the film was supposed to be set in the same universe as the X-Men and Deadpool movies with possible crossovers, but whether that’s still the case is unclear as the franchise has changed ownership.
One connection will probably remain, however, as Taylor-Joy’s character is canonically the sister of metallic X-Man Colossus/Peter Rasputin, played by Daniel Cudmore and Stefan Kapičić in various X-Men and Deadpool movies.
Who were the New Mutants in the comics?
In the original comics the New Mutants were introduced as the new “class” of underage mutants when the original X-Men had completed their training, who studied at Professor Xavier’s School while the more familiar characters dealt with bigger concerns.
Of course, in the end the New Mutants got into all sorts of dangerous (and often fatal) clashes with super-villains and the like anyway, but the story of them being held in a special facility appears to have been invented for the film.
All the characters in the film were core members of the team, though some characters (including the lava-controlling Magma and the, er, super-linguist Doug Ramsay/Cypher) appear to have been left out.
The New Mutants will be released in UK cinemas on the 28th August 2020. If you’re looking for more to watch, check out our TV guide.