Film Friday (5/12): This Week's New Movie Trailers

  • Publish Date: May 12, 2017
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New trailers and updates for upcoming films

The first full-length look at Blade Runner 2049

There’s a lot of pressure on director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) to deliver a worthy sequel to Blade Runner. Since the original film's 1982 release (and the many subsequently released alternate cuts), the film’s reputation has only grown. Blade Runner 2049 brings back Harrison Ford As Rick Deckard and introduces Ryan Gosling as K, a new blade runner who uncovers a long-buried secret. Written by original writer Hampton Fincher and Michael Green and shot by Roger Deakins, the October 6 release features a supporting cast of Ana de Armas, Jared Leto, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, and Dave Bautista.

Christopher Nolan goes big with Dunkirk

Shot on 65mm and IMAX, Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk promises to be a film best seen in a big theater. The July 21 release dramatizes Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Allied troops from the French harbor of Dunkirk from May 26 to June 4, 1940. The large ensemble includes Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and newcomers Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, and Barry Keoghan.

A last look at Wonder Woman

The final trailer for Wonder Woman puts a strong emphasis on the film’s action scenes and introduces Elena Anaya’s Dr. Poison, but the villain Ares is still nowhere to be seen. The June 2 release follows Diana as she’s introduced to the world outside of Themyscria, home of the Amazons, by Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor. Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster), the film also stars Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, David Thewlis, Lucy Davis, and Danny Huston.

Preview the controversial French thriller Nocturama

When Nocturama from director Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, House of Pleasures) premiered in France and at festivals last year, many wondered if it would get a theatrical release in the U.S. Now, Grasshopper Film has set an August 11 release date for this controversial picture that follows a group of teenagers as they set off a bomb attack in Paris and then hide from the authorities in a shopping mall. Reviewers have raved about Bonello’s filmmaking prowess but questioned whether he has something to say.

Baywatch watch

Coming to theaters May 26th, Baywatch is an R-rated, buddy-action movie take on the original TV show. Starring Dwayne Johnson as Mitch Buchannon and Zac Efron as a new recruit, the film, directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief), keeps the red swimsuits and slow-motion and adds Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, Kelly Rohrbach, Jon Bass, Ilfenesh Hadera, and Hannibal Buress.

Rodarte does avant-garde in Woodshock

Fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, aka Rodarte, make their feature film debut with Woodshock, an exploration of grief starring Kirsten Dunst. From the looks of the trailer, the September 15 release leans toward an experimental narrative with a heavy does of hallucinatory imagery. Pilou Asbæk, Joe Cole, and Lorelei Linklater make up the supporting cast.

Rough Night's very bad hangover weekend

In Rough Night, five best friends from college (Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz) reunite for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami, but their fun night takes a dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Directed by Lucia Aniello from a script she wrote with Paul W. Downs, this June 16 release mixes The Hangover with Very Bad Things and Weekend at Bernie’s.


Coming to theaters next Friday, Deb Shoval’s debut feature follows Joey (Lola Kirke) as she falls in love with married mother of two Rayna (Breeda Wool). Their relationship is further complicated by Joey enlisting in the Army. The Playlist’s Katie Walsh calls AWOL a “deeply relatable and affecting depiction of the heedless beauty of a first love.”

Cars 3

The latest trailer for Cars 3 focuses on the new rivalry between Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer). Directed by Brian Fee, this third installment in Pixar’s poorest-reviewed series adds Cristela Alonzo as Cruz Ramirez, a young race technician who believes she can help Lightning McQueen return to the winner’s circle. The June 16 release brings back Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), Ramone (Cheech Marin) and Luigi (Tony Shalhoub).

Girls Trip

Director Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday) turns his attention to the ladies with Girls Trip. This July 21 release follows four lifelong friends—Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish—as they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival.

Netflix's big shiny War Machine

Coming to Netflix on May 26th, War Machine follows Brad Pitt as a successful four-star general who is taken down by his own hubris in this satire based on Michael Hastings’ book The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. Directed by David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, The Rover), the film features a strong supporting cast of Tilda Swinton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Lakeith Stanfield, Emory Cohen, John Magaro, RJ Cyler, Alan Ruck, Scoot McNairy, and Meg Tilly.

Short takes

The Workaholics gang (Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson) star as childhood friends who dream of becoming video game creators in the Netflix action-comedy Game Over, Man!. Here’s a short teaser for the April 20, 2018 release.

Coming to theaters, On Demand, Amazon and iTunes on June 30th, 2:22 stars Michiel Huisman as a suspended air traffic controller who begins to see ominous patterns in his daily life.

In 11:55, Victor Almanzar plays a U.S. Marine who returns to his neighborhood only to find more trouble. Look for it in select theaters and On Demand beginning June 9th.

News and notes

  • Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) will play Magik, and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) will star as Wolfsbane in director Josh Boone’s New Mutants. - Heat Vision
  • Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and director Doug Liman will return for the Edge of Tomorrow sequel Live Die Repeat and Repeat. - Collider
  • Radiohead’s Thom Yorke will score Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake. - Variety
  • Russell Crowe and David Oyelowo are in talks to star in Jose Padilha’s Arc of Justice, a movie based on the Sweet trials. - Variety
  • Margot Robbie will play a 1930s bank robber tracked down by a 15-year-old boy in director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s Dreamland. - THR
  • Jake Johnson has joined Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress, and Jeremy Renner in the comedy Tag. - Variety
  • Johnny Depp will play a college professor given a terminal diagnosis in Wayne Roberts’ Richard Says Goodbye. - Deadline
  • Based on a true story about Mossad spies, Red Sea Diving Resort will star Chris Evans, Haley Bennett, Sir Ben Kingsley, Michael Huisman, Greg Kinnear, and Alessandro Nivola. - THR
  • Josh Gad, Jack O’Connell, and Chloe Moretz will star in Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman’s Party of the Century about Truman Capote’s 1966 Black and White Ball. - Variety
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) will direct a documentary about late rapper Tupac Shakur. - THR
  • Bang Gang director Eva Husson will direct Julie Delpy and Golshifteh Farahani in the 2014-set war drama Girls of the Sun. - THR
  • A Hellboy reboot is in the works with David Harbour (Stranger Things) starring. - Heat Vision
  • Meadowland director Reed Morano will direct Jeff Bridges as a virtuoso violinist whose illness forces him to return to his estranged wife (Diane Lane). - THR
  • Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård will star in Two Lovers and a Bear director Kim Nguyen’s The Hummingbird Project, a drama set in the world of high frequency trading. - THR
  • Walton Goggins has joined the cast of Maze Runner: The Death Cure. - Deadline
  • Adam Devine and Liam Hemsworth have joined Rebel Wilson in the meta-romantic-comedy Isn’t It Romantic. - THR
  • Michael Radford (Il Postino) will direct Antonio Banderas as Ferruccio Lamborghini and Alec Baldwin as Enzo Ferrari in an untitled biopic about the Italian carmakers. - Variety
  • Julia Roberts is attached to star in an adaptation of Cynthia Swanson’s bestselling novel The Bookseller. - Variety
  • The sequel to The Strangers will star Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman. - Variety
  • Jodie Foster, Jeff Goldblum, Sterling K. Brown, Charlie Day, and Jodie Foster will star in Drew Pearce’s Hotel Artemis. - Variety
  • Results director Andrew Bujalski’s new film, Support the Girls, will star Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, James Le Gros, Brooklyn Decker, and Jana Kramer. - Screen Daily

Comments (1)

  • DanBurrito  

    Blade Runner 2049 looks pretty good. Looking forward to that.

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