We'll finally get to see the 26-year-old, Leeds-born star of Netflix’s Stranger Things back on the big screen this year. In the 13th and supposedly final instalment of the X-Men film franchise, Charlie Heaton plays Sam Guthrie amongst a group of teenagers struggling to escape a mental institution while mastering their emerging superpowers.
As it languished in cinematic purgatory due to an ever-shifting release date and a corporate merger, the woes of The New Mutants became a regular fixture in Hollywood trade publications, with many doubting that the film would ever achieve a theatrical release. "As actors, you’re often in the dark about everything, and that does make you nervous, when a project keeps getting pushed back. You think, what’s wrong with it?" he says.
Thankfully, the film hits theatres this month. "When I was watching it, there was definitely a little 13-year-old inside of me thinking, oh man, this is cool.” Along with adopting a Kentucky accent and filming in an actual former asylum in a Boston suburb, Heaton shares his headspace for the role, the unique messaging of the X-Men universe, and the one genre he wants to tackle next.
For more of the The New Mutants actor, grab a copy of Esquire Singapore's February issue at all good newsstands and book stores now.
Editor-in-Chief: Norman Tan
Videographer: Brendan Miller
Photography: Michael Schwartz
Stylist: Fabio Immediato
Groomer: Cheri Keating / The Wall Group
Story: Adrienne Westenfeld
Producers: Christian Meshesha, Dionne Cochrane
On the cover: Charlie Heaton wears Givenchy