Director Calls Wolfsbane & Mirage Romance The Emotional Spine Of ‘The New Mutants’

Josh Boone reveals why the romantic subplot is so important to the film.

The New Mutants director Josh Boone has called the romantic subplot between Wolfsbane and Mirage the emotional spine of the upcoming film.

It’s been a long road to get to The New Mutants and its audiences are finally in the home stretch. Since the film was first announced, numerous new trailers have been released giving us a greater idea as to what is to come. But now director Josh Boone has given us an idea of what to expect from another angle.

It had been previously revealed that The New Mutants was going to feature a queer romance. As it turned out, the characters in this romantic subplot are Maisie Williams’ Wolfsbane and Blu Hunt’s Mirage.  While speaking to I09, Josh Boone revealed that the subplot would be what he called the emotional spine of the film:

“Yeah, and their bond really become the emotional spine of our movie that really pulls from teen dramas that are classic and contemporary. So while this is very much channeling that ‘80s and ‘90s horror energy, there’s also something here for people who might be into something more like The Fault In Our Stars.”

What do you all make of these words? Are you excited to see The New Mutants with a queer romantic subplot? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Here is the official synopsis for The New Mutants:

In this terrifying, action-fueled film based on the MARVEL comic series, five young people who demonstrate special powers are brought to a secret institution to undergo treatments they are told will cure them of the dangers of their powers. Included are Danielle Moonstar aka Mirage (Blu Hunt), who creates illusions from other people’s fears; Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams), who transforms into the werewolf Wolfsbane; Sam Guthrie (Charlie Heaton), who, as Cannonball, can fly at jet speeds protected by a force field; Roberto da Costa aka Sunspot (Henry Zaga), who absorbs and channels solar power; and Illyana Rasputin aka Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy). The younger sister of Colossus, Magik becomes encased in armor at will and wields a soulsword that amplifies her multiple superhuman and psychic abilities.

Invited by Dr. Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga) to share their stories about when their powers first manifested, the five “patients” come to understand that they are in a class of people called mutants, who have historically been marginalized and feared. As they relive their origin stories, their memories seem to turn into terrifying realities. Soon, they question what is real and what isn’t, and it becomes clear that the institution isn’t what it seems. Now the question is — why are they being held captive? And who is trying to destroy them? The tension and horror mount in this white-knuckle thrill ride directed by Josh Boone and co-written by Boone and Knate Lee.

Directed by Josh Boone from a script he co-wrote with Knate Lee, The New Mutants stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, and Henry Zaga.

The New Mutants is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on August 28th. Stay tuned for all the latest news on The New Mutants and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: I09

Trey Griffeth

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