“We don’t have to stay in darkness,” a determined Ruby asserts in “The Darkest Minds’” trailer. “We’ve survived all of this.”
Based on Alexandra Bracken’s best-selling novel, the film explores a world in which 98 percent of children are killed in a global-wide plague. Those that did survive the illness develop supernatural powers and are subsequently labeled as a threat by the government. Ruby, played by “The Hunger Games” and “Everything, Everything’s” Amandla Stenberg, escapes her respective internment camp and joins a group of other teens on the run.
“The Darkest Minds” marks the live-action directorial debut for Academy Award nominee Jennifer Yuh Nelson. Nelson surpassed industry boundaries in 2011, as the success of “Kung Fu Panda 2” made her the highest grossing female director of the time. One of very the few female directors in animation, Nelson has slowly been adding live-action projects to her slate.