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‘The New Mutants’ trailer brings a dose of horror to the X-Men franchise

Maisie Williams leads a popular cast of young stars

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Josh Boone, the director of “The Fault in Our Stars,” is bringing a new kind of superhero story to the big-screen in 2018. Set within the X-Men universe, “The New Mutants” is more of a horror-film than a traditional superhero tale. 20th Century FOX released the first movie trailer for the film this week, offering a first-look at the project that is hitting theaters this Spring.

“The New Mutants” has a long-list of top-tier talent, including Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, and Blu Hunt. The thriller will take a more realistic approach than a few of the previous X-Men films, removing the trademark costumes and adding in a lot of creepy lighting and screaming.

The film itself won’t hit theaters until April 13, 2018, but fans of the franchise can get an early preview of the film below. As of right now the film is set to debut unopposed, but the “Overboard” remake, Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Rampage” adaptation, and the comedy “Super Troopers 2” are set to open the following weekend. These schedules can change at any moment, but it will be interesting to see which studios end up challenging the new Marvel spinoff.

“The New Mutants” is a departure for the franchise in more ways than one. While the horror-thriller aesthetic is certainly new, this will also be one of the few X-Men projects not directed by Bryan Singer. The previous release, “X-Men: Apocalypse,” was directed by Singer and written by Simon Kinberg, while “The New Mutants” screenplay is from Josh Boone and Knate Lee.

While not the most popular release, “X-Men: Apocalypse” did gross over $155M domestically, and almost $544M worldwide. The success of the film certainly had a lot to do with the all-star cast, which included Lucas Till, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Evan Peters, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. While “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is still the most successful X-Men release ($233M domestic and $747M worldwide) the more ‘realistic’ “Logan” did manage to bring in $616M globally, even with an R-rating. “Logan” was directed by James Mangold, and served as the swan-song to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine character.

“Stranger Things,” which also stars Charlier Heaton, proved that audiences are ready to follow younger-casts in thrillers, and “The New Mutants” has a few of the best in the business. Even “IT,” from Warner Bros. Pictures, featured a relatively young cast and has made over $308M domestically and over $607M worldwide. Fans will have to wait a few more weeks for another trailer for “The New Mutants,” but so far we like everything about the new direction.