- Director:Josh Boone
- Writer:Josh Boone,Knate Lee
- Cast:Maisie Williams,Anya Taylor-Joy,Antonio Banderas
|Credited cast, sorted by IMDb STARmeter:|
|Maisie Williams||-||Rahne Sinclair / Wolfsbane|
|Anya Taylor-Joy||-||Illyana Rasputin / Magik|
|Alice Braga||-||Dr. Cecilia Reyes|
|Charlie Heaton||-||Sam Guthrie / Cannonball|
|Henry Zaga||-||Sunspot / Roberto da Costa|
|Happy Anderson||-||Reverend Craig|
|Blu Hunt||-||Danielle Moonstar / Mirage|
|Colbi Gannett||-||Young Illyana Rasputin / Magik|
|Thomas Kee||-||Thomas Guthrie|
|Mickey Gilmore||-||Coal Miner|
|Jeffrey Corazzini||-||Coal Miner|
The filmmakers described the film as "a haunted-house movie with a bunch of hormonal teenagers," and cite the works of horror storyteller Stephen King and teen drama filmmaker John Hughes as an influence.
A villain in the film wears a smiley-face mask. In the comics, the New Mutants faced off with a mutant supremacy group known as the Right, who wore smiley-face masks.
Illyana carries a dragon toy. This is a homage to Lockheed, a pet dragon owned by the X-Men (in the comics he was owned by Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat, in this film he is owned by Magik).
Director Josh Boone is a major X-Men fan and owns a large amount of their comics.
This film features four members of the original New Mutants group (Cannonball, Mirage, Sunspot, Wolfsbane), with Magik being a member from the second roster.
Blu Hunt is Native American and Henry Zaga is Brazilian, just like their respective characters Danielle Moonstar and Roberto da Costa. However, British actors Charlie Heaton and Maisie Williams play the American Sam Guthrie and the Scottish Rahne Sinclair, and the Argentinian-English American actress Anya Taylor-Joy plays the Russian Illyana Rasputin.
Described as a superhero horror film, the first genre film in the franchise.
The filmmakers cite the films One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), The Shining (1980) The Breakfast Club (1985) and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) as an influence on the film's production design, due to the closed-in settings each film used for dramatic purposes.
Jon Hamm was cast to portray Nathaniel Essex / Mister Sinister, with filming for the role completed, though his role has reportedly been cut from the film as a result of an extensive reshoot process that is changing elements of the film.
Maisie Williams is the fifth "Game of Thrones" actor to work on an X-Men film, after Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister and Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Ed Skrein (Daario Naharis and Ajax in Deadpool (2016)), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark and Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)) and Richard E. Grant (Izembaro and Dr. Zander Rice in Logan (2017)).
The film was going to release 13 April 2018, but the producers pushed back the date to 22 February 2019 so that it didn't conflict with Deadpool 2 (2018) and Dark Phoenix (2019). The producers took this opportunity to have parts of the film reshot so that it could be scarier, inspired by the success of recent horror films such as Get Out (2017) and It (2017).
This is the second appearance for Sunspot, after having previously appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
The lettering for the promotional logo reflects the eclectic artistic style of Bill Sienkiewicz, who drew the New Mutants comic in the 1980s.
Illyana (Anya Taylor-Joy) carries a stuffed dragon doll. In the comics Illlyana is given one by Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat that looks like her pet dragon Lockheed as a child.
The teaser trailer was released on the horrorthemed date of Friday, October 13, 2017.
This film along with Deadpool 2 (2018) and Dark Phoenix (2019) were filmed around the same time with New Mutants filmed in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, Deadpool 2 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and X-Men: Dark Phoenix in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
In January 2018, Fox removed The New Mutants from April 13th, 2018 and pushed it back by 10 months, to February 15th, 2019. But in March 2018, due to Fox also removing X-Men: Dark Phoenix's release of November 2nd, 2018, The New Mutants was yet again pushed back to August 2nd, 2019 as X-Men: Dark Phoenix was to take the February 15th, 2019 spot, because of it completing post production first, after both films early 2018 reshoots. The New Mutants will now release, 1 year and 4 months from its originally planned date, despite the film's first trailer debut on October 13th, 2017!
The film's working title is "Growing Pains", after the 80s sitcom Growing Pains (1985).
This will be the first X-Men movie to be shot in the taller 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
Regarding the rating, director Josh Boone said when being interviewed by ComicBookMovie: "This movie is probably the hardest PG-13 ever made."
The Demon Bear is the first X-Men villain to be an animal being.
Rosario Dawson was originally offered to played Cecilia Reyes but dropped out for unknown reasons.
Maisie Williams (Wolfsbane) is the third "Dr Who" actor to appear in an X-Men film, having played Ashildr. Previous actors were Ian McKellen (Magneto, the Great Intelligence) and Richard E. Grant (Dr Zander Rice, the Great Intelligence).
Nat Wolff was considered for the role of Cannonball.
True O'Brien auditioned for the role of Danielle Moonstar.
Caio Paduan was considered for the role of Sunspot.
Josh Wiggins auditioned for Cannonball.
Maisie Williams plays Arya Stark in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011) (TV Series). Sophie Turner whom plays Sansa Stark in the series plays Jean Grey in the X-Men films which this film is a spin-off.
Josh Boone and Knate Lee first began work on the film after Boone completed The Fault in Our Stars.
Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall, pt. 2" is featured in the trailer.
Magneto is rumored to be involved in the film. Magneto was a mentor to the New Mutants in the comics.
This will be the 4th appearance of James McAvoy as Charles Xavier and his 2nd movie with co-star Anya Taylor-Joy.