Fox is carrying on making X-Men-based movies with a new installment based on the comic, The New Mutants. I have all of the early run of this comic, and it was one of my favorites. As a wee nerd I had missed out on a lot of iconic X-Men events like The Dark Phoenix Saga, so this comic let me get in on the ground floor of a mutant team. For some reason, I liked “Cannonball” the best, so I’m a little disappointed he’s not doing any “blastin'” in this trailer:
Another very early comic I bought off the rack was the limited series Magik, so seeing Illyana Rasputin in the movie helps reinforce my purchasing decisions from that bygone age.
What strikes me as odd, beyond the use of a child-chorus version of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” is how small the cast appears to be. The “Full Cast & Crew” page from IMDB shows only nine actors, and two of them have the names “Coal Miner” and “Sam’s Dad.” With a 2018 release date, more people could be added, but it looks like it’s going to be a haunted house movie with a small group being jump-scared for the most part. And I never thought I’d see the use of latex walls in a scary-ish film again, so yay for practical effects.
Now just let Cannonball blast through a few things, and I’ll be happy.