Twentieth Century Studios in association with Marvel Entertainment held a press conference to give fans and media a sneak peek convo into The New Mutants, an original horror thriller directed by Josh Boone and written by Boone and Knate Lee. Starring Emmy® nominee Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Henry Zaga and Blu Hunt who all joined in on the fun!
If you don’t know about this crew and their tale, let me fill you in a bit. Rahne Sinclair (Williams), Illyana Rasputin (Taylor-Joy), Sam Guthrie (Heaton) and Roberto da Costa (Zaga) are four young mutants being held in an isolated hospital for psychiatric monitoring. Dr. Cecilia Reyes (Braga), believing the teenagers are a danger both to themselves and to society as a whole, keeps a close eye on them as she struggles to teach them how to rein in their mutant abilities. The hospital’s patients are plagued by hallucinations and flashbacks, their new mutant abilities, and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try to make it out alive. Moderated by Ash Crossan from Entertainment Tonight the filmmakers and stars shared some intimate, yet fun details on their shoot and the importance of the fans.
ASH CROSSAN: What has the support from the fans meant to you guys?
MAISIE WILLIAMS: It’s so wonderful. There was a lot of uncertainty with this film and when it was going to get released. To know there was an audience still willing to wait as long as it took, even through this pandemic…it’s just been really exciting. I can’t wait for people to finally see it.
JOSH BOONE: They’re my favorite fans, because they actually don’t complain. They just do really cool artwork of the characters. There’s probably 100 plus pieces of artwork that fans have done that I’d still like to figure out a way to go get permission from everybody and do a book.
ASH CROSSAN: Is there anything that anyone has received pre-pandemic that has stuck out to you in terms of fan interactions?
ALICE BRAGA: I think, like, for us to be one of the most watched panel, I think, like, it was-it was on Comic-Con, right? Wow, it’s amazing the fans are so loyal and excited even with all the wait…that was something that really was beautiful.
HENRY ZAGA: As soon as we stepped on stage, it felt like, I don’t know, like, we were the Beatles…they love this, these characters.
ASH CROSSAN: Well, unlike most big studio superhero films, this one was filmed on location in this old psychiatric hospital, which I imagine is an absolute playground for ghosts. How did filming in this location inform your performance, especially at night?
HENRY ZAGA: It was more about the smell. I think there was something really creepy about the smell that just got into your soul before you thought about it. I was also having a blast filming the movie, so it was kind of hard to-to feel bad about being in this-in this place.
ALICE BRAGA: Filming at night was kind of scary. I wouldn’t walk by myself. There was no way [LAUGH].
JOSH BOONE: There were several crew members who had weird experiences there…had to be walked to their car at night because they were scared to walk by themselves after they’d be in the buildings all day. People definitely had weird encounters.
HENRY ZAGA: The groundskeeper that worked there for years had some really awful stories to tell us. I remember him putting his arm around me and he was like, see that basketball court over there. I was like, yeah. He goes, you know, the state made that for Little Jimmy when he came here. I was like, oh, that’s so sweet. And he was like, he stabbed his family. And I was like, oh. That’s not good.
ASHLEY: Well, beyond-beyond the horror elements, this movie deals with these young mutants with burgeoning abilities. So, how do you think younger audiences will resonate with your characters, and did tapping back into your teenage self help with the creation of your character?
ANYA TAYLOR-JOY: I think, any opportunity to go back to teenagedom is not necessarily the most fun experience, but you definitely learn a lot about yourself afterwards. I think we all came into this knowing that whilst we were making a superhero movie, we were making a film about people who were having a tough time understanding themselves and figuring out their place in the world. And so, to make it a bit more cinematic, we added powers. But, I do think any teenager that’s going through the growing pains, trying to understand where you fit in…you’re no longer a child, but like discovering what is this weird adult world.
JOSH BOONE: Yeah. I would say it was really made for teenagers who are outsiders, people who feel out of place and who are going through a tough time in general. I sort of always say, I make couch movies, which are like, when I was a teenager and I was really depressed, I’d have like a-a certain movie I’d pop on and go lay on the couch. It made me feel better.
I’m sure fans are ecstatic and feeling better already going into the weekend with The New Mutants, which has already grossed $750k as of Thursday night. Here is a sneak peak of what others are geeking out about.