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By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Staff
Area film fanatics and Marvel Comics devotees are rejoicing after news spread that a spinoff in the X-Men franchise, “X-Men: New Mutants” will be filming this summer at Medfield State Hospital. The plot is set to revolve around the New Mutants, a new batch of heroes trained at Professor Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.
“The Town of Medfield signed a contract this week with 20th Century Fox to rent the former Medfield State Hospital site for thirty weeks for the filming of a new ‘X-Men’ movie this year,” Selectman Osler “Pete” Peterson revealed on his blog.
While details on the film are few at the moment and generally confined to the realm of rumor, one name that has been definitively linked to the nascent production is that of director Josh Boone. Boone’s last film, “The Fault in Our Stars,” won 2015’s MTV Movie Award for Movie of the Year.
James McAvoy is rumored to be reprising his role as Professor X, though his role in the production has yet to be confirmed.
The “X-Men” production will mark the second time in the last decade that the scenic State Hospital grounds have played host to a motion picture crew; “Shutter Island,” Martin Scorsese’s 2010 thriller, also shot on location in Medfield.