Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy’s X-Men: The New MutantsTrailer Is Terrifying

Where’s Professor X when you need him?

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There has been no shortage of X-Men movies since filmgoers were first introduced to Professor X and company in 2000. Marvel fans have seen the good (X-Men, X-Men: First Class), the bad (X-Men: The Last Stand), and the so sad it might ruin not just all Wolverine movies, but all Hugh Jackson movies for you (Logan). And now, mutant fans are finally getting a horror movie.

On Friday (the 13th, no less) the trailer dropped for X-Men: The New Mutants—a look at what happens when mutant teens aren’t sent to a magical prep school full of small classes and only the occasional government raid, and instead are locked in some kind of haunted house. The film stars Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie (Mutant code name: Cannonball) and Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair a.k.a. Wolfsbane.

Indie horror queen Anya Taylor-Joy also appears as Illyana Rasputina a.k.a. Magick. For the star of The Witch and Split, a superhero horror movie is an appropriate first entry into blockbuster territory. Meanwhile, 13 Reasons Why and Teen Wolf hunk Henry Zaga appears as Sunspot. The Originals‘ Blu Hunt appears as Mirage. Basically, the cast is a teen dream.

Though, again, the actual plot is a nightmare. The fivesome are new to their mutant powers, and, as Alica Braga’s character Dr. Cecilia Reyes explains that potentially makes them very dangerous as they don’t know how to control those powers yet. Though, it seems that something even more potentially dangerous is lurking in the hospital. Producers have described the film as “Stephen King meets John Hughes,” so its certainly unlike anything we’ve seen before in superhero films.

The film is also rumored to feature cameos from other characters in the main X-Men movies, but we won’t know for sure until X-Men: The New Mutants is released on April 13.

Related: Maisie Williams Explains Why the ‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Are Scared of Getting Drunk in Public

Anya Taylor-Joy Is a Real Scaredy-Cat, Especially When It Comes to Revolving Doors:

Anya Taylor-Joy Is One to Watch on the Red Carpet

Anya Taylor Joy attends The Witch premiere during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in a shearling coat and opaque tights.

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Anya Taylor-Joy attends the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Chanel Artists’ Dinner at Balthazar in a coordinating white top and skirt.


The young actress looks bohemian in a long, flowing purple dress with her hair piled on top of her head.

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Anya Taylor-Joy looks like a rock star at the Saint Laurent show in Los Angeles on February 10, 2016.

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Anya Taylor-Joy arrives at the Miu Miu show on October 7, 2015 in a striped coat and embellished skirt by the brand.

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The nude-colored dress has an almost gothic vibe with tattoo-like embroidery that works well against the actress’s fair skin.


Taylor-Joy arrives at the premiere of her debut film The Witch at ArcLight Cinemas on February 11, 2016 in a frilly blue mini-dress.

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Taylor-Joy attends the Miu Miu show at part of Paris Fashion Week on March 9, 2016 in a long purple coat by the brand.

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Taylor-Joy attends the 11th Annual Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner in Chanel, of course.


At the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle’s Annual Celebration of the Toronto International Film Festival, Taylor-Joy was glamorous in an embellished, eclectic gown.

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Taylor-Joy was elegant at the Burberry September 2016 show during London Fashion Week, wearing a floor-length pale blue silk skirt.

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Anya Taylor-Joy attends the [Gucci Spring 2017 show at Milan Fashion Week] in a colorful look that designer Alessandro Michele is known for. (

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Taylor-Joy attends the IWC Gala in honor of The British Film Institute at Rosewood Hotel in 2016 in a look that is equal parts goth and girly.

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Taylor-Joy arrives at a screening of her film Split in a festive suit–a fun alternative to the traditional gown.

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The actress pulls off mixed prints with aplomb at a photo call for Split in 2017.

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A frilled black skirt and cap-sleeved leopard print top pairs well with a side ponytail. 2017.

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Taylor-Joy took a turn for the dramatic in a feathered Gucci gown emblazoned with a pair of swans and floral print. 2017.

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The actress wore a celestial print jumpsuit by Schiaparelli to the New York premiere of Split. 2017.

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A casual look for the actress, complete with snow boots, at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

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The actress paired a sequined mini dress with black accessories, including ankle-strap pumps and a belt to cinch the waist, for a pre-BAFTAs party. 2017.

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Another Gucci moment for Taylor-Joy, this time in a shocking violet hue, at a cocktail party to launch new film series The Performers. 2017.

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Simple in nude, Taylor-Joy was a true star in this printed number at the BAFTA 2017 Film Gala Dinner.

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A tough take on the ballerina tutu, Taylor-Joy paired a buttoned-up tulle dress with embellished heels. 2017.

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Suiting up in head-to-toe marron, Taylor-Joy took in the Mulberry Fall 2017 runway show as part of London Fashion Week.

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Taylor-Joy looked super chic in a tuxedo mini-dress paired with architectural booties at the Elle Style Awards 2017.

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Go big or go home. That was the style motto behind the actress’s 2017 BAFTA dress, a tiered Gucci confection complete with a sequined lion.

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For the Christopher Kane Fall 2017 show, Taylor-Joy paired a leopard-print dress with simple black accessories, including strappy heels. 2017.

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