Comic-Con at Home 2020: The New Mutants cast reunites to talk filming, fan art and share opening scene

The cast of The New Mutants reunites for Comic-Con

Moderated by Ira Madison III, The New Mutants digital panel for Comic-Con at Home 2020 opened with a little comic relief about just how many times this anticipated movie has been delayed.

The cast of the upcoming original horror-thriller joined Madison ready to talk about filming and fan art, as well as tease what fans can expect to see in the film (that they haven’t already pieced together from the released trailers). The group was also joined by illustrator Bill Sienkiewicz, who helped finalize The New Mutants’ look in the 1980s.

Writer and director Josh Boone shared that he’s loved the X-Men franchise ever since he was a kid and that he especially loves the Demon Bear Saga and the “run that Bill did on these comics because it’s sort of mixed dark fantasy and horror with superhero comics.” It’s this merge between all of these genres that attracted him to the project, and we’re excited to see how they’ll all come together on screen.

Coming off of an intense run on the fan-favorite Game of Thrones series, Maisie Williams spoke on what it was like to play a character who is in such a contrast to Arya Stark.

“When I play Arya, I always like have to command the room… that’s kind of exhausting,” she said. “It was pretty lovely to play Rahne, who really is just sitting and watching and listening and, you know, she comes to life when she is with Dani, but in the group, she’s somewhat quiet and to herself.”

The cast of The New Mutants share details about their characters

Anya Taylor-Joy shared that Magik is much more of the “stomp into the room” type character. “It’s just a lot of aggressiveness, a lot of the time,” she said. “But it was really fun and I got to play around with that a lot. And the action scenes. Yeah I mean, the whole arm and the sword is — you feel pretty cool.”

Madison noted that Charlie Heaton has played several misfit/outcast roles, and Heaton spoke on how Sam is different from Jonathan in Stranger Things and how we’ll be able to see where Sam is headed in the story.

“There is a lot of strength in Sam and leadership qualities that he might have,” he said. “There were these real kind of inner conflicts to kind of go through as a character, and something to grab hold of and kind of create. So that was really fun.”

Alice Braga confirmed that Dr. Reyes will be helping teach the mutants how to use their powers and will act as a guide of sorts for them. “As a fan, I was excited for it because I could see the details and the personalities and the nuances of each one of them,” she shared. “So it was really nice to see as a fan, and as an actress how they were building that up. So it was it was a fun character to play.”

The New Mutants Comic-Con at Home 2020

Maisie Williams, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Charlie Heaton and Anya Taylor-Joy in “The New Mutants.” © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Blu Hunt was asked about her love of horror films and whether she was creeped out by anything on set. But she revealed that what made her most nervous was the scale and size of the production they were undertaking…. along with the night shoots in the woods. “We definitely did some freaky stuff,” she said.

“Actually being barefoot and throwing myself down a hill, and rolling down it and being stuck in a tree and things like that… That was pretty scary.” Henry Zaga had a bit of a different kind of scary story to share of what went down to prepare him for a scene. Be sure to listen to the full story in the panel video below.

Watch the opening scene of The New Mutants film

The full panel of The New Mutants at Comic-Con at Home 2020 can be viewed above, and you can jump to 24:12 to watch the complete opening scene from the movie (and it’s super fun to see the cast’s reaction to the scene too)!

As of now, The New Mutants is still planning to open on Aug. 28, 2020, but the panel teaser video also said that we should be crossing our fingers that this date holds. 

Check back with Hidden Remote for more information about The New Mutants along with other news about Comic-Con at Home 2020!