Trailers for this year’s biggest blockbuster films dominated this week’s movie news, with fans getting their first look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ahead of its December release. There were also trailers for Steven Spielberg‘s latest family film The BFG and a bizarre teaser for Swiss Army Man, in which Daniel Radcliffe plays a farting corpse. You certainly never got that at Hogwarts.
Elsewhere, Charlize Theron stepped into one of cinema’s most profitable franchises and Warner Bros did some release date shuffling.
Star Wars fans get a peek at Rogue One
Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens landed in cinemas in a wave of fanboy adoration, franchise devotees have been fiercely anticipating the next installment in the series – spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This week, a teaser trailer for the movie finally dropped online, giving us our first glimpse of the band of rebels attempting to steal plans for the Death Star.
It’s a solid teaser that gives us plenty of information about Felicity Jones‘ defiant protagonist Jyn Erso and we are also treated to a look at Forest Whitaker and Ben Mendelsohn in their as yet unnamed roles. Mads Mikkelsen was conspicuous by his absence, but there’s plenty of time to reveal him ahead of the film’s release in December.
Elsewhere in the world of Star Wars, there was sad news as Admiral Ackbar voice actor Erik Bauersfeld passed away at the age of 93. His immortal delivery of the line “it’s a trap” has become an iconic moment for fans.
Spider-Man coming home?
The BBC reckons it has worked out the title of the standalone Spider-Man movie set for 2017. Sony has registered the domain SpiderManHomecomingTheMovie.com, which suggests that the solo debut of Tom Holland‘s webslinger will be called Spider-Man: Homecoming.
This also provides an intriguing hint at potential Marvel Cinematic Universe cameos. In the comic book incarnation of the Homecoming story, Captain America and Iron Man show up. Given that Iron Man seems rather chummy with Spidey in the trailer for Civil War, it doesn’t seem like too much of a reach to suggest that we might catch a glimpse of Robert Downey Jr when webhead goes solo.
Charlize Theron back in driver’s seat for Fast 8
Charlize Theron made a big impression as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road and is now set to return to vehicular carnage sooner than expected, when she takes on a villain role in Fast & Furious 8.
Variety confirmed that Theron has taken on the role after a gap opened up in her schedule. The Fast & Furious franchise is one of the most consistently entertaining series in modern cinema and the addition of Furiosa herself can only be a good thing. That is if we aren’t tired of the obvious “Fast and Furiosa” puns by April 2017.
First full trailer for Spielberg’s The BFG
The BFG is one of Roald Dahl’s most beloved stories and Steven Spielberg’s live-action adaptation of the book is one of the most anticipated blockbusters of the summer. This week, we got our first full trailer for the film, giving us a good look at Oscar winner Mark Rylance, bringing the eponymous giant to life with some terrific-looking motion capture work.
The prospect of a film that brings together Dahl, Spielberg and Disney is a mouth-watering one, particularly given the prominent usage of the Amblin brand as well. Rylance is a charming screen presence and looks set to bring real gravitas to the sensitive, complex world of The BFG. This could be one of the best movies of the summer blockbuster season.
Warner Bros shunts Jungle Book to 2018
Andy Serkis, the undisputed king of motion capture, has been working on Jungle Book: Origins for many years now. Disney’s own live action take on the Rudyard Kipling tale is due in cinemas this month and is attracting positive early reviews. In a strange move, Warner Bros has opted to shift Serkis’ movie from October 2017 to October 2018.
Serkis wrote online that he was “thrilled” by the release date change and that his team would now have more room to “evolve the technological pipeline”. There is a sense, though, that whatever he achieves, his film is doomed to be known as “the other Jungle Book movie”. And he doesn’t have Christopher Walken playing an enormous ape…
WB has also pushed the Wonder Woman solo outing forward by two weeks to June 2, 2017 and announced two more untitled DC films for October 2018 and November 2019. It looks like the disappointment of Batman v Superman hasn’t put much of a dampener on their plans.
Harry Potter is dead in Swiss Army Man
It’s fair to say that the more acclaimed films of this year’s Sundance Film Festival were rather overwhelmed by the buzz around Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s bizarre drama Swiss Army Man, starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. That film, in all of its farting corpse glory, has now got a full-length trailer, which is every bit as oddball as could be expected.
Swiss Army Man has yet to secure a release date in the UK, but it’s safe to say that it has already made a big impression. It remains to be seen whether the Sundance walkouts will translate into a similarly hostile reaction in cinemas, but this is certainly going to be a shock to the system for Potter fans following the boy wizard’s big screen career.
What did you think of the first look at Rogue One? Are you still excited for Andy Serkis’ take on the Jungle Book? Will you be going to see Swiss Army Man? Let me know in the comments section and come back next Sunday for another news round-up.