The New Mutants, Josh Boone's film based on the Marvel comics, arrives in Spanish cinemas on August 26. In SensaCine, on the occasion of the film's release - which has suffered several delays and a global pandemic before we can land on a billboard - we had the opportunity to speak to three of its leading actresses: Maisie Williams, in charge of playing Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane; Blu Hunt, who brings Dani Moonstar/Mirage, and Alice Braga, who gets into the shoes of Dr. Reyes.
The film, a mixture of the superhero genre and the horror genre, follows a group of teenage mutants locked up in a psychiatric hospital by Dr. Reyes. A plot with which, after what happened in the world with the coronavirus crisis, many will be able to identify themselves. But above all, teenagers will do it with their protagonists, who are going through the same thing as them.
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"Our characters are going through a lot of changes. They rebel against authority. They're also locked up," Hunt says of how teenagers are going to be able to identify with these young mutants. "The teenagers of the world are confined now. Many of them haven't gone back to school. I think they're going to be able to see these characters who have had their way of life taken away. They also realize they have superpowers. Their bodies are changing... It's all weird... So, I think teenagers and young adults are really going to like this movie and identify with a character. Every character is different. You can identify with one character, not another, but there will be one who speaks for you," he adds.
To carry out the filming, the film team moved to Medfield State Hospital, a health facility that closed its doors in 2003. At that time, no one could have imagined that their facilities would be used to make a film like this. "Rolling in that location was a great experience. You could be much more immersed in your surroundings. And it's a real set. You really had the feeling of being stuck in this facility," Williams recalls about her experience on this stage.
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THE SEQUEL, IF IT HAPPENS, A DREAM COME TRUE
As for the research the cast did to bring its characters to life, Braga has told us her case. In addition to going to the pages of Marvel comics, he also took into account his conversations with Boone. "I connected a lot with what he wanted to do for this character, to identify with these young mutants. I relied a lot on my conversations with Josh. I looked for who she was and looked at a lot of information about the comics. Especially since I love comics. But my biggest goal was to try to understand how it fits into the journey of these characters," she explains.
And what do the actresses think of a possible sequel? Williams, for his part, believes that "it would be an honor to return". "If people see it. If people love it. If people love these characters and identify with the story how we expect them to do... So, of course, it's nice enough for people to witness this, but if they want to see more... That's a dream come true," he concludes.
The New Mutants features in their cast - in addition to Williams, Braga, and Hunt - with Charlie Heaton in the role of Sam Guthrie/Cannonball, Henry Zaga as Roberto da Costa/Sunspot and Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin/Magik. Over these lines, don't miss our video interview with part of the cast and then the trailer for the movie.