Originally set to release in theaters this past week, the highly anticipated film sees it’s release date moved to August 2,2019, with production including extensive re-shoots which will see the film going dark and drawing from the horror genre. Helmed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), starring Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Anya Taylor-Joy (Atlantis), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) Blu Hunt (The Originals) and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) who will portray Wolfsbane, Magik, Cannonball, Dani Moonstar and Sunspot respectively.
The film will draw from Marvel Comics seminal Demon Bear Saga written by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, with a twist of its own. The series was the debut of Bill Sienkiewicz run and saw the introduction of a new generation of characters which would play a significant role in the X-Men mythos. Traditionally, most young mutants are students of the well-known Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, but the film will depict the mutants as patients of a “mysterious institution” which caters to “damaged mutants”. Heaton tells Entertainment Weekly “Its a story about these characters coming to grips with who they are and its a horror X-Men movie, which we haven’t seen before…it’s scarier than anything we’ve seen in that genre”.
The choice will definitely affect the tone and distinguish itself from previous X-Men films in the Marvel universe. With the newly released film A Quiet Place receiving critical acclaim as well as films like Get Out changing the scope of what a horror/thriller can look like, the strong cast, tone and storyline present endless possibilities for the film’s success.
We are excited to see how it turns out.
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