New Mutants Will Be a Horror Movie, Rosario Dawson in Talks to Play Dr. Cecilia Reyes

Rosario Dawson may make the leap from Marvel's Netflix universe to the big screen, in the upcoming New Mutants. And that's just one of the interesting developments in Josh Boone's adaptation of the classic comic by writer Chris Claremont and artist Bill Sienkiewicz.

Boone told EW that, true to the nature of the story, New Mutants will not be a superhero film - there will be no spandex, just plenty of scares.

“There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.”

This is a very bold statement for a movie based on a comic book franchise with tie-ins to the X-Men universe, but it is unsurprising to fans of the early Claremont/Sienkiewicz run, which matched each scene of youthful cheer with a horrific jolt of one sort or another. Dani Moonstar was haunted by the Demon Bear, Illyana Rasputin took the common theme of a hellish upbringing to new depths of tragedy, and every day brought some new fresh trauma to the young mutants.

Boone describes the dark change of tone that manifested in the New Mutants comic beginning with issue #18, whe`n Sienkiewicz took over art chores, as “a darker and more surreal and impressionistic X-Men series than we’d ever seen before. It felt like Stephen King meets John Hughes.”

Rosario Dawson is in talks with Fox to join the film as Dr. Cecilia Reyes, who has the unglamorous but useful ability to generate personal protective force fields. This would make Dawson an incredibly ubiquitous character in the world of Marvel - she is already a staple of the Netflix/Defenders universe, where she plays Claire Temple (Night Nurse) on shows like Daredevil and Luke Cage.

Masie Williams (Game of Thrones) has signed on to play Wolfsbane, and Anya Taylor-Joy (Split) will play Magik. Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) is reportedly close to joining the film as Sunspot.

New Mutants is scheduled for release April 13, 2018.