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Amandla Stenberg Serves Up Badass Superpowered Activism in the Darkest Minds Trailer


Amandla Stenberg has carved out a fantastic niche for herself, starring in film adaptations of blockbuster YA books, from her breakthrough role of Rue in the first Hunger Games movie, to Everything, Everything, to the upcoming The Hate U Give. Next up she’ll be starring in The Darkest Minds, adapted from Alexandra Bracken’s immensely popular book series.

In The Darkest Minds, a disease has killed off 98% of children. When the surviving children and teenagers begin to develop special abilities, the government rounds them up and sends them to a “rehabilitation camp” (basically a brutal internment camp). Our protagonist, Ruby (Stenberg) manages to escape, joining up with other powerful and potentially dangerous teens and joining them in a revolt.

Superhero and superpowered books and movies have often had activism allegories at their center, most notably with the X-Men, to which this trailer is being heavily compared. Here, though, the activism angle doesn’t seem to be limited to metaphor. And while the reflections of our current political landscape are obviously coincidental (the book was published in 2012, and the movie has been in development for some time), it’s never been more timely to see teenagers fight back against the adults who are doing a crap job of protecting them.

The Darkest Minds hits theaters August 3rd. Interestingly, it’ll be the live-action directorial debut from Jennifer Yu Nelson, who did Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3.

What say you, TMSers? Are you excited for this movie? Have you read the books, and if so, how does the trailer compare? Does this fill the void in your hearts left by the continuous delays of New Mutants? Let us know in the comments!

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