Film Friday (6/12): This Week's New Movie Trailers

  • Publish Date: June 12, 2015
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Opening this weekend

View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including Jurassic World and Sundance winners Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The Wolfpack.

New trailers and updates for upcoming films

Matt Damon is The Martian

When Ridley Scott directs a science fiction story, there’s typically reason to be excited (Alien, Blade Runner). Sure, his last foray into space was a disappointment (Prometheus), but even the best directors struggle to overcome bad scripts. Luckily, this time out he has a script written by Drew Goddard based on Andy Weir’s best-selling novel, The Martian. Acclaimed for its scientific accuracy, the Gravity-like story follows Astronaut Mark Watney as he tries to survive on Mars after he’s left behind following a dust storm. Meanwhile NASA and his fellow crew members work to rescue him. With a supporting cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover, The Martian lands in theaters October 2nd (recently moved up from its original Thanksgiving weekend date). Meet the crew and check out the first trailer below.

It's time to play The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

The Hunger Games will finally come to an end on November 20th when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 hits theaters. Critically and financially, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 was the least successful film in the franchise, but maybe director Francis Lawrence will be able to return the franchise to the level of its highpoint, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Jennifer Lawrence will once again wield her bow and arrows as Katniss and face off against President Snow (Donald Sutherland) for the last time. Supporting her (some more than others) will be Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Natalie Dormer, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

It’s 1963. The Cold War is going strong, but there is about to be a thaw thanks to a criminal organization with ties to the Nazis. It’s up to CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) to work together and stop them. Guy Ritchie directs this update of the popular 1960s television show, and the strong supporting cast includes Alicia Vikander (featured more prominently in this second trailer after the success of Ex Machina), Elizabeth Debicki, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris, and Luca Calvani. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. hits theaters August 14th.

Bill Murray Rocks the Kasbah

In the October 23rd release Rock the Kasbah, Bill Murray stars as Richie Lanz, a rock manager who has seen better days. When his last client (Zooey Deschanel) leaves him stranded in Afghanistan without money or a passport, Richie happens upon a young girl with an incredible voice (Leem Lubany), giving him one last shot to create a superstar. Barry Levinson (The Humbling) directs from a script by Mitch Glazer (Scrooged), and Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Scott Caan, and Bruce Willis turn up in supporting roles.

Visit Disney's Zootopia

The first teaser for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ next feature introduces a “city like no other.” In this metropolis, animals from every environment live together. The story focuses on Officer Judy Hopps, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin. She’s the first bunny on the police force, and she’s determined to crack a case. But to do so, she has to team up with a fox, Nick Wilde, voiced by Jason Bateman. Directed by Byron Howard (Tangled) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph) and co-directed by Jared Bush, Zootopia comes to theaters on March 4, 2016.

The Program

While it doesn’t have a U.S. release date yet, Stephen Frears' (Philomena) look at the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong could premiere at one of the major fall film festivals. Ben Foster stars as Armstrong, and Chris O’Dowd plays Irish journalist David Walsh, who had a hand in bringing down the seven-time Tour de France champion. The Program’s supporting cast includes Jesse Plemons as Floyd Landis, as well as Lee Pace, Dustin Hoffman, and Guillaume Canet.


The latest film from director Alejandro Amenábar (The Others, The Sea Inside) stars Ethan Hawke as detective Bruce Kenner. He’s investigating the case of Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father (David Dencik) of an unspeakable crime, when he uncovers a horrifying mystery. With a supporting cast that includes David Thewlis and Dale Dickey, Regression hits theaters August 28.

Jackie & Ryan

Katherine Heigl is Jackie Laurel, a former singer at a crossroads in her marriage, and Ben Barnes is Ryan Brenner, a struggling musician, in this feature from writer-director Ami Canaan Mann (Texas Killing Fields). With mixed reviews from its premiere in Venice last year, Jackie & Ryan comes to select theaters July 3rd.

Short takes

The Overnight, a comedy starring Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godreche, opens next Friday in select theaters, preceded by good buzz. Here’s a new NSFW red-band glimpse at what to expect.

The well-reviewed Listen to Me Marlon documents Marlon Brando’s life in his own words. Look for it in select theaters beginning July 29th.

Best of Enemies chronicles the series of nationally televised debates in 1968 between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal. See it in select theaters beginning July 31st.

News and notes

  • The sequel to The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington, will hit theaters on September 29, 2017.
  • Chris Hemsworth will play the receptionist for Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in Paul Feig’s take on the Ghostbusters franchise.
  • Netflix will distribute War Machine starring Brad Pitt as a four-star General in the U.S. military and written and directed by David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, The Rover), based on Michael Hastings’ book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan. - Deadline
  • In other Brad Pitt news, Marion Cotillard is set to join him in a Robert Zemeckis-directed romantic drama set during World War II. - THR
  • Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) will direct Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara in Collateral Beauty, written by Allan Loeb (The Switch). - Deadline
  • Pitch Perfect 3 is happening, and Kay Cannon will write the script as she did for the first two films. - THR
  • Bad Boys 3 is in development with Joe Carnahan (The Grey) under consideration to direct a script by David Guggenheim (Safe House). - Deadline
  • Elizabeth Banks is in talks to direct an adaptation of Victoria Aveyard’s young-adult novel Red Queen. - Heat Vision
  • Josh Brolin and Danny McBride will star in The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter for director Jody Hill. McBride previously worked with Hill on The Foot Fist Way and Eastbound and Down. - Deadline
  • Elisha Cuthbert has joined the cast of Goon: Last of the Enforcers. Jay Baruchel will direct (and act) this time out while Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber, Alison Pill, Kim Coates, and Marc-André Grondin will all reprise their roles from the original film. - THR
  • The sequel to World War Z is set for release on June 9, 2017.

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