Film Friday (6/23): This Week's New Movie Trailers

  • Publish Date: June 23, 2017
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Opening this weekend

View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including Transformers: The Last Knight, The Big Sick, The Beguiled, and more.

New trailers and updates for upcoming films

American Assassin

In American Assassin, Dylan O’Brien stars as a CIA black ops recruit who teams with his instructor (Michael Keaton) to hunt down a mysterious operative played by Taylor Kitsch. Sanaa Lathan plays the CIA Deputy Director in charge of their operation, and Shiva Negar is a dangerous Turkish agent who works with the CIA. The September 15 release is an adaptation of Vince Flynn’s novel and directed by Michael Cuesta (Kill the Messenger).


Chadwick Boseman stars as Thurgood Marshall in this October 13 release that looks at his years as an attorney for the NAACP before becoming the first African-American member of the United States Supreme Court. Marshall, directed by Reginald Hudlin, focuses on the case of Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown) who was accused of sexual assault and attempted murder by his employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson).


Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this true story about Jeff Bauman who lost his legs at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing while waiting for his ex-girlfriend (Tatiana Maslany) at the finish line. He helps identify one of the bombers, but the months of physical and emotional rehab take their toll as his journey tests his family and inspires a community. Also starring Miranda Richardson and Clancy Brown, Stronger, directed by David Gordon Green (Our Brand Is Crisis, Pineapple Express) comes to theaters September 22nd.

The Only Living Boy in New York

Director Marc Webb follows-up Gifted, his return to a smaller canvas after The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with another film featuring few special effects. The Only Living Boy in New York, written by Allan Loeb (The Space Between Us, Collateral Beauty), stars Callum Turner as Thomas, a recent college graduate who takes the counsel of a neighbor (Jeff Bridges) when he sees his father (Pierce Brosnan) cheating with Kate Beckinsale. Kiersey Clemons plays Thomas’ friend, and Cynthia Nixon is his mom. Look for it in theaters beginning August 11th.

Thank You for Your Service

An ensemble cast of Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey, and Jayson Warner Smith explore the struggles of American soldiers returning from Iraq in this debut feature from director Jason Hall. Thank You for Your Service opens on October 27th.

Annabelle: Creation

Annabelle: Creation follows a dollmaker (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife (Miranda Otto) whose possessed creation preys on the orphans they have invited into their home. With good early reviews, this August 11 release from director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) looks to be an improvement on its predecessor, Annabelle, in every way.

To the Bone

Coming to Netflix on July 14th is To the Bone, the story of Ellen (Lily Collins), a 20 year-old woman with anorexia. After several therapies have failed, her family places her in a group home led by an unconventional doctor (Keanu Reeves). This is the feature writing-directing debut for Marti Noxon (Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, UnReal).

The Incredible Jessica James

In this romantic comedy with good early reviews from Sundance, Jessica Williams reunites with her People Places Things writer-director, James C. Strouse, to play a struggling playwright dealing with a recent break-up with her boyfriend (Lakeith Stanfield) and the possibility of new love with a divorcé (Chris O’Dowd). Find it on Netflix beginning July 28th.

From the Land of the Moon

Going Away director Nicole Garcia’s adaptation of Sicilian author Melena Agus’ 2006 novella earned mixed reviews when it premiered at Cannes in 2016. Coming to theaters July 28th, From the Land of the Moon stars Marion Cotillard as Gabrielle, a young woman from a small village in the South of France who’s obsessed with true love but is married off to José (Alex Brendemühl), a good, hard-working farmer who’s no match for the injured war veteran André Sauvage (Louis Garrel).

Person to Person

Writer-director Dustin Guy Defa’s Person to Person follows several characters through a day in New York City. Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Tavi Gevinson, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Michaela Watkins, Olivia Lucciardi, Ben Rosenfield, Buddy Durress, Bene Coopersmith, George Sample III, and Philip Baker Hall star in this July 28 release that received mixed reviews when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year.

Short takes

Here’s a featurette for Blade Runner 2049, coming to theaters October 6th.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets hits theaters July 21st. Get a look at Luc Besson’s inspiration for the movie.

The impressive effects in the latest Planet of the Apes series continue with the July 14 release of War for the Planet of the Apes. Here’s a look at how director Matt Reeves, the performers and WETA do it.

In writer-director Ian MacAllister McDonald’s Some Freaks, Thomas Mann’s Matt falls for Lily Mae Harrington’s Jill, but first love is never simple. Look for it on VOD and in select theaters August 4th.

News and notes

  • Ron Howard will take over directing duties on the Star Wars Han Solo film after Lucasfilm fired Phil Lord and Christopher Miller over creative differences. Shooting will resume July 10th. - Variety & Heat Vision
  • Daniel Day-Lewis has retired from acting. - Variety
  • Patty Jenkins is working on the script for the sequel to Wonder Woman. - Variety
  • Diane Kruger has joined Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis’ feature adaptation of Jeff Malmberg’s documentary Marwencol. - THR
  • Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively will star in A Simple Favor for director Paul Feig. The thriller is an adaptation of Darcey Bell’s 2017 book. - THR
  • Damien Chazelle has found his astronauts for First Man. Ryan Gosling will play Neil Armstrong. Corey Stoll is in talks for Buzz Aldrin. Kyle Chandler is set to play Deke Slayton, and Jason Clarke is in negotiations for Ed White. - Variety, Deadline & THR
  • Jennifer Lopez will star in and produce the romantic comedy Second Act. Peter Segal (50 First Dates) will direct. - THR
  • Carmen Ejogo has joined Denzel Washington in Dan Gilroy’s follow-up to Nightcrawler. - THR
  • Eli Roth will direct Jack Black in an adaptation of John Bellairs’ book The House With a Clock In Its Walls. - Deadline
  • Rafe Spall has joined Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, and Emily Ratajkowski in the comedy I Am Pretty. - THR
  • Joel Edgerton will write, direct and star in Boy Erased. Lucas Hedges will play the son of a Baptist pastor pressured into a gay conversion therapy program. Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman will play his parents.
  • Carrie Coon has joined Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, and Daniel Kaluuya in Steve McQueen’s Widows. - THR

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