WHO’S IN IT?
Amandla Stenberg (Everything, Everything), Mandy Moore (A Walk to Remember), Gwendoline Christie (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Harris Dickinson (Beach Rats), Skylan Brooks (Southpaw), Miya Cech (film debut), Patrick Gibson (What Richard Did), Golden Brooks (Beauty Shop), Wallace Langham (Weird Science), Bradley Whitford (Get Out), Mark O’Brien (Arrival), Lidya Jewett (Wonder)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 3), director; Chad Hodge (film debut), writer; Dan Levine (Kodachrome) and Shawn Levy (Arrival), producers; Benjamin Wallfisch (It), composer; Kramer Morgenthau (Terminator Genisys), cinematographer; Maryann Brandon (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Dean Zimmerman (Real Steel), editors
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
After a plague wipes out almost all children in America, the ones that are left acquire strange and special abilities, and are thus held in government internment camps. Sixteen-year-old Ruby (Stenberg), one of the more powerful children, escapes her camp along with a few other kids who are learning to control their own powers, and begin to form a rebellion against the people that tortured their generation…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
If the X-Men comics were published instead as a YA novel, odds are it will look something like The Darkest Minds, which combines superheroics with a teen rebellion story that should resonate with youngsters quite easily.