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The film had five release dates. It was originally slated to debut on 13 April 2018, but was first delayed to 19 February 2019 in order to conduct reshoots. Later, it was pushed back to 2 August 2019 while Disney finalized its purchase of Fox. The film was pushed back yet again to 3 April 2020 to make room for the release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019). On 12 March 2020, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 13 May 2020, its new release date of 28 August 2020 was announced, and the film finally released in theaters.350 of 360 found this interesting | Share thisJosh Boone intended this film to be the first in a trilogy, with the second film to be an alien invasion movie featuring the alien mutant Warlock, and then the third and final installment to be a supernatural, apocalyptic horror movie based on the X-Men comic event “Inferno” (demons invade the Earth and Magik plays a major role).165 of 169 found this interesting | Share thisJosh Boone admitted that he found shooting to be stressful, as he felt “a bit neutered” because he had to tone down the film from his original “full horror” ideas.91 of 93 found this interesting | Share thisThe majority of the film was shot on location at Medfield State Hospital, in Massachusetts. This hospital was the state’s first mental asylum, and most of the cast and crew were unsettled by the location.86 of 88 found this interesting | Share thisThis film features four members of the original New Mutants group (Cannonball, Mirage, Sunspot, Wolfsbane), with Magik being a member from the second roster.191 of 201 found this interesting | Share thisThe last Marvel film to be released with Stan Lee as an executive producer.86 of 90 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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 X-Men: 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).216 of 233 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.252 of 273 found this interesting | Share thisA 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.182 of 197 found this interesting | Share thisIllyana 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).200 of 218 found this interesting | Share thisThe alien mutant Warlock was planned to appear in the film, with Sacha Baron Cohen in talks for the role, but his powers would have been too expensive for the film’s budget, so he was removed with the intent to appear in a sequel.81 of 86 found this interesting | Share thisIt was initially reported that Fox planned to have the film heavily reshot based on feedback from test screenings to make it scarier. The reshoots were repeatedly pushed back until ultimately being cancelled by March 2020 after Disney acquired Fox. The reported reasons for the cancellation differ; some trade publications reported the film was deemed satisfactory by Disney, while others and director Josh Boone claim the cast had visibly aged after two years and reshoots were no longer feasible.76 of 81 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.160 of 175 found this interesting | Share thisAccording to Josh Boone, the film was originally to be set during the events of X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and would feature a cameo by Professor X (James McAvoy) and Storm (Alexandra Shipp). The script was rewritten to remove these elements, but Boone felt the film was not largely affected by this change: “it might as well be the ’80s in terms of the setting.”52 of 56 found this interesting | Share thisBlu Hunt is Native American and Henry Zaga is Brazilian, just like their respective characters Danielle Moonstar and Roberto da Costa. However, English 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.132 of 149 found this interesting | Share thisIllyana (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.92 of 103 found this interesting | Share thisThis is the second appearance for Sunspot, after having previously appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).114 of 130 found this interesting | Share thisThe teaser trailer was released on the horror-themed date of Friday, October 13, 2017.78 of 88 found this interesting | Share thisWith a runtime of 94 minutes, this stands as the shortest film in the X-Men film series.65 of 73 found this interesting | Share thisDirector Josh Boone is a major X-Men fan and owns a large amount of their comics.181 of 214 found this interesting | Share thisDescribed as a superhero horror film, the first genre film in the series.176 of 211 found this interesting | Share thisMaisie Williams was the only choice for the role of Rahne (Wolfsbane). Josh Boone cast her after seeing an animatic that featured her likeness drawn by concept artist Ashley Guillory.25 of 27 found this interesting | Share thisThe final film in 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men” series due to Disney’s purchase of the company reverting the film rights to Marvel Studios.34 of 38 found this interesting | Share thisRegarding the rating, director Josh Boone said when being interviewed by ComicBookMovie: “This movie is probably the hardest PG-13 ever made.”83 of 100 found this interesting | Share thisRosario Dawson was originally offered to played Cecilia Reyes but dropped out for unknown reasons.80 of 98 found this interesting | Share thisThis film, Deadpool 2 (2018) and X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) were filmed around the same time with New Mutants filmed in Boston, Deadpool 2 in Vancouver and X-Men: Dark Phoenix in Montreal.98 of 122 found this interesting | Share thisMaisie 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)).172 of 224 found this interesting | Share thisThis is the only X-Men movie to be shot in the taller 1.85:1 aspect ratio.66 of 82 found this interesting | Share thisIn the third act Illyana’s clothes of black shorts and top resemble her comic book costume.14 of 15 found this interesting | Share thisWarlock was originally going to appear as a member of the team alongside with Magik, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Mirage and Sunspot but was removed from the final draft of the film’s script. Josh Boone revealed in an interview with Nerdist that Sacha Baron Cohen was in talks to play Warlock in voice and in MoCap.25 of 30 found this interesting | Share thisThe film’s working title is “Growing Pains, ” after the 80s sitcom Growing Pains (1985).63 of 84 found this interesting | Share thisIllyana’s last name is Rasputin, according to a scan on her. This makes her the little sister of Piotr “Peter” Rasputin: AKA Colossus (from the X-Men and Deadpool movies).8 of 9 found this interesting | Share thisMaisie 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).56 of 108 found this interesting | Share thisThe TV show which kids watch in their common room is Buffy The Vampire Slayer from the creator Joss Whedon.20 of 34 found this interesting | Share thisNat Wolff was considered for the role of Cannonball.39 of 76 found this interesting | Share thisJosh Boone and Knate Lee first began work on the film after Boone completed The Fault in Our Stars.20 of 46 found this interesting | Share thisThis is Maisie Williams’ second time to play a character strongly associated with wolves. In New Mutants, she appears as Wolfsbane, a character that can transform into a wolf. She also played Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, Stark’s house sigil was famously a wolf.27 of 77 found this interesting | Share thisThe lowest grossing film in the x-men franchise.4 of 9 found this interesting | Share thisRahne says to Dani “There’s two people up here. Are you calling me a Nobody?” This is undoubtedly a reference to Maisie Williams infamous role as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones and her infamous line “A girl is no one.”19 of 81 found this interesting | Share this

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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.The film reuses footage from Logan(2017). The character Dani has a vision of mutant children in a facility. The footage is taken directly from the video Logan watches in the film.106 of 109 found this interesting | Share thisJon 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.171 of 186 found this interesting | Share thisThe email Dr. Reyes receives from the Essex Corporation instructing her to take additional DNA samples from Dani before ordering her to terminate Dani is likely a reference to Nathaniel Essex. an arch villain of the X-Men from the Marvel Comic Books. AKA Mr. Sinister, Nathaniel Essex is a near immortal human turned mutant who has dedicated his life to the study and acquisition of mutant DNA in order to suit his own plans.25 of 25 found this interesting | Share thisThe lettering for the promotional logo reflects the eclectic artistic style of Bill Sienkiewicz, who drew the New Mutants comic in the 1980s.89 of 96 found this interesting | Share thisComic book artist Bill Sienkiewicz, who worked on the “New Mutants” comics (specifically the Demon Bear storyline that this film is based on), was brought in to provide artwork for the film’s posters and closing credits.60 of 64 found this interesting | Share thisThe Essex Corporation is a reference to Nathaniel Essex, aka Mister Sinister.55 of 59 found this interesting | Share thisIn the X-Men comics, Dr. Reyes is a member of the X-Men and has the ability to generate force fields.36 of 38 found this interesting | Share thisThe lapel pin that Dr Reyes wears on her lab jacket has the same red diamond that X-Men villain Mr. Sinister has on his forehead. Mr. Sinister’s real name is Nathaniel Essex, and it is revealed, later in the movie, that the facility is run by the Essex Corporation.26 of 29 found this interesting | Share thisAnya Taylor-Joy plays a super-powered girl locked in an institution against her will with others like her. The actress also had a role in Glass (2019), which had a similar premise: in that movie she played a character with a personal connection to one of three super-powered individuals locked in a facility with a mysterious female doctor supposedly trying to help and guide them.9 of 22 found this interesting | Share this