The biggest blockbusters of 2017 continued to flex their trailer muscles this week, as studios battled to tease their most massive films for the next 12 months before we closed the book on 2016. Christopher Nolan finally showed us a bit more of his secrecy-shrouded war movie Dunkirk and Universal gave us an interesting look at The Fate of the Furious, otherwise known as Fast 8.
Elsewhere, awards season began to clunk into action with the announcement of the nominees for the Golden Globes and several major actors look set to get their teeth into some hefty villainous roles.
Here’s your movie news round-up…
Nolan unveils glossy Dunkirk trailer
Very little has been shown to audiences of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming war blockbuster Dunkirk. There was a brief teaser earlier in the year, but now a full-length trailer has arrived with a good look at just about all of the main cast members, including the feature film debut of One Direction singer Harry Styles. There are plenty of epic shots in the teaser, which hints at another meaty studio movie from the Interstellar filmmaker.
It’s a decent enough trailer, but not one that does much to inspire a particular amount of enthusiasm for the film. Nolan has always had issues with bringing humanity into his films and this trailer does nothing to assuage those worries when it comes to Dunkirk. However, the film will tell a compelling true tale from history and boasts an outstanding cast of cinema’s finest. Dunkirk will arrive in UK cinemas in July 2017.
La La Land leads Golden Globes noms
Known around the world as the cooler cousin of the Oscars, the Golden Globes revealed their nominations for next year this week. It was the throwback musical La La Land that led the field with seven nominations, closely followed by tender drama Moonlight with six and Manchester By the Sea with five. There were some interesting surprise picks on the list, with raucous superhero movie Deadpool and fun musical Sing Street sneaking into the best comedy/musical category.
This was an interesting set of nominations from the HFPA, with the expanded categories leading to a rather diverse list of nominees. It was pleasing to see the voters step outside the box a little, but the usual suspects will likely prevail, with La La Land in particular currently pegged as the frontrunner to scoop the Best Picture prize when the Academy Awards come along.
Family splits in Fast 8 trailer
At this stage, we pretty much know what we’re getting from the Fast & Furious franchises. It’s vehicular carnage from start to finish, with lots of shots of bikini-clad babes and characters speechifying about family every five minutes. This week, we saw a trailer for the eighth movie in the franchise – now titled The Fate of the Furious – and it seems that Vin Diesel has turned heel. The teaser shows Diesel’s character working against his friends, seemingly under some sort of influence from Charlize Theron‘s villain.
This story is an interesting direction for the franchise, with the unshakeable familial bonds of the characters seemingly tested by Theron’s arrival. There’s also sure to be plenty of action, as you’d expect from a film that features both The Rock and Jason Statham. Bizarrely, this is a franchise that is endless but also never seems to suffer from a lack of momentum. That, in itself, is very impressive. The Fate of the Furious will arrive in the UK in April 2017.
Ayer and Robbie reunite for new DC film
It’s fair to say that the pairing of director David Ayer and star Margot Robbie didn’t exactly produce gold in Suicide Squad. The duo are set to get another bite at the cherry, though, with DC movie Gotham City Sirens, in which Ayer will again direct Robbie as Harley Quinn. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the intriguing new project will mark a team-up of DC villainesses, with Catwoman and Poison Ivy likely to appear alongside Quinn. This sounds like a good idea for a film and, given that Suicide Squad‘s failings were mostly not down to Robbie, it will be good to see Quinn again.
Elsewhere in DC news, the Aquaman film has found its villain in the shape of Patrick Wilson. Deadline reported this week that Wilson is set to dive into the seafaring superhero movie as the evil half brother of the title character, played by Jason Momoa. Wilson has shown a darker side to his work in the Insidious films, so this seems like smart casting for the film that will introduce the fishy fighter to cinema audiences after he pops up in Justice League. Aquaman is set to land with a splash in July 2018.
Mendelsohn signs to menace Robin Hood
Ben Mendelsohn is one of Hollywood’s most versatile villains and can currently be seen in the corner of the Galactic Empire in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He is currently in negotiations for another evil role, according to Variety, which wrote this week that Mendelsohn is in talks to play the Sheriff of Nottingham for Lionsgate in Robin Hood: Origins.
Casting Mendelsohn as the villain in a film automatically gives it a sense of tension and unease that might not be present with another actor. He knows when to chew scenery and when to dial it down, so he should work very well as the evil Sheriff battling to take down Taron Egerton‘s eponymous hero. Robin Hood: Origins will be released in March 2018.
Gru gets an 80s foe in Despicable Me 3
Illumination Entertainment is the house that the minions built. The animation studio’s success was entirely built on the foundations of the Despicable Me franchise and its breakout yellow critter stars. This week, the studio unleashed the first trailer for Despicable Me 3, which pits the returning Steve Carell as Gru against South Park co-creator Trey Parker. Parker plays former child star Balthazar Bratt, who has become obsessed with the character he portrayed in the 80s and thus dresses like Michael Jackson and throws Rubik’s Cubes around. It’s a bizarre one.
The trailer is a really fun look at a franchise that is showing absolutely no signs of stopping any time soon. As long as the quality of the films remains high and Illumination doesn’t over-saturate the films with minions, they cannot fail. It seems like those who don’t enjoy the minions will just have to deal with their high-pitched speech patterns and slapstick antics for a while longer. Despicable Me 3 will be released in July 2017.
Chris Evans is Hollywood’s most valuable star
Last week, Forbes released its list of the most overpaid actors in Hollywood, which was topped by Johnny Depp. It’s a more positive list this week from Forbes, who have now revealed which actors provide the best value for money. Top of the list is Chris Evans, best known for his role as Marvel’s Captain America. Evans brings in $135.80 for every dollar he is paid, compared to $125.40 per dollar brought in by second place Chris Pratt. Women were a major feature on this list, with Scarlett Johansson in third with $88.60 per dollar and Mila Kunis in fourth place bringing in $49.50 for each dollar.
This list is considerably more interesting than the overpaid list considering the appearance of women throughout. It shows that studios are continuing to undervalue women, whilst chucking money at the old guard of Hollywood blockbusters despite their fading power. It’s telling that even Jennifer Lawrence, who commands a famously high wage, still makes an appearance on this list.
Which was your favourite trailer of the week? Do you agree with the Golden Globes nominations? Let me know in the comments section and come back next Sunday for another news round-up.
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