There were a lot of trailers this week. In fact, it seems as if just about every major blockbuster movie that is arriving in the next year or so dropped a full-length preview online this week, from Transformers to the third entry in the excellent Planet of the Apes reboot franchise. Of course, Marvel had to get in on the act as well, with our first full look at their new solo Spider-Man movie.
We also found out who is going to host the biggest night in cinema – next year’s Academy Awards – and one of the world’s best female comedians was forced to battle sexist backlash to a major casting announcement.
Here’s your movie news round-up.
Spidey swings into action in first trailer
Spider-Man has proved a rather tough nut to crack since his big screen career hit its zenith with 2004’s Spider-Man 2. Sony has now inked a deal with Marvel that will see Spidey become a part of the MCU. He popped up in Captain America: Civil War and will star in his own solo movie with Spider-Man: Homecoming. A first trailer for the film landed this week, highlighting the relationship between new webslinger Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr‘s Tony Stark, as well as Michael Keaton as the villainous Vulture.
This is a really fun trailer that suggests the film will have more of a high school movie tone than previous Spider-Man films and Holland is certainly a more youthful Peter Parker than his predecessors. The chemistry with Downey Jr is fun and the final shot of Spidey and Iron Man flying side by side suggests we could be in for some team-up action way before Peter Parker becomes a formal member of the Avengers. Spider-Man: Homecoming is due for release in July 2017.
Apes and Transformers reveal new trailers
Many of next year’s other blockbusters got trailers this week, including a rather bland first look at The Mummy. It doesn’t look as if the Universal Monsters franchise is going to kick off in a way that’s anything other than utterly generic when the film arrives in June 2017. We were also treated to a cheap-looking trailer for the Baywatch reboot, which looks as if it is going to hang squarely on the charismatic duo of Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron when it hits cinemas in May. Michael Bay, meanwhile, debuted a trailer for June release Transformers: The Last Knight, which features tonnes of explosions and gives absolutely no sense of a story whatsoever. It’s business as usual for Bay.
The pick of this week’s previews, though, was an exceptional trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes. The threequel will see all-out war between humans and the intelligent simians led by Caesar (Andy Serkis). This trailer teases plenty of brutal warfare, as well as Woody Harrelson as the ape-hating leader of the human army. It’s a thrilling trailer for the latest film in a series that shows blockbuster cinema can be as thoughtful as it is spectacular. War for the Planet of the Apes is released in the UK in July 2017.
Jimmy Kimmel to host Oscars ceremony
It seems like the Academy has gone for something of a safe bet as this year’s Oscars host. Chat show star Jimmy Kimmel is set to front the ceremony in February, which is the 89th Academy Awards. The Wrap confirmed the news this week and theorised that Kimmel has long been the preferred choice of network ABC, which airs the Oscars as well as Kimmel’s popular late night show. In the midst of falling ratings for the mammoth TV event, Kimmel is seen as a dependable pair of hands by the network.
Jimmy Kimmel will be a perfectly solid host of the Oscars. Much has been made of his lack of film experience, but this won’t hinder his ability to present the show, which is more about glitz and glamour than it is about directors and DoPs anyway. Given mixed reviews for other recent hosts, Kimmel will at least be fun enough to ensure that the focus is on those winning prizes rather than the evening’s controversial frontman.
Amy Schumer is in a Barbie world
A predictably misogynist controversy was initiated last week when The Hollywood Reporter wrote that comedy star Amy Schumer is in talks to play Barbie in a movie. The film will directly address the fact Schumer does not resemble the ‘traditional’ Barbie image, but that hasn’t stopped trolls criticising Schumer’s casting. In a post on Instagram, Schumer thanked the trolls for proving that she is a great choice to take on the role. She added that it’s “that kind of response that lets you know something’s wrong with our culture and we all need to work together to change it”.
For me, Schumer is a perfect choice to play Barbie as she represents the changes that are gradually happening throughout the traditionally sexist film industry. Her work challenges stereotypes and misogyny and, given the moves toy maker Mattel has recently made to make Barbie appear closer to how real women look, Schumer’s casting is a positive statement that should ensure the Barbie film is a fresh, fierce, feminist comedy movie.
Depp is most overpaid actor… again
He is one of the biggest names in Hollywood, but Johnny Depp is not having a good time of it at the box office. According to Forbes, Depp was the most overpaid actor in the world this year for the second time in a row. His movies made only $2.80 for each dollar he was paid to appear in them. Second place went to Will Smith, whose star has faded to the extent that he only made $5 in ticket sales for every dollar he earned. The top five was rounded out by Channing Tatum ($6), Will Ferrell ($6.50) and George Clooney ($6.70).
It’s not a massive surprise to see Depp at the top of this list given the awful performance of recent films like Alice Through the Looking Glass. Smith isn’t a shock either given how far his blockbuster stock has fallen, though he likely would not have appeared if Suicide Squad had been included in the numbers. The biggest surprise is Tatum, though his figures are more a reflection of his huge salaries than the success or quality of the films in which he appears.
Fast 8 skids in with new title
The petrol-powered juggernaut of the Fast & Furious franchise is set to continue with the eighth film in the series, due out in April 2017. The team behind the franchise announced this week on Twitter that the movie will be called The Fate of the Furious and a full trailer is imminent. Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and co. are set to return for another dose of vehicular mayhem, with the smart money on returning villain Jason Statham causing some serious problems for the crew.
These films have been some of the most consistently entertaining blockbusters in cinemas for the last decade or so. There’s no suggestion that this new film will be anything other than another fun movie in a franchise that consistently delivers action and thrills. Also, it has The Rock in it and there’s only so bad things can get when he’s around.
Lewis and Goggins line up villainous roles
The heist reboot Ocean’s Eight is amassing a formidable cast of women to play the main roles. It seems as if the film may also have found its villain, with Homeland star Damian Lewis circling the role, according to Variety. Lewis’ role would be that of the ex of Sandra Bullock‘s lead, who is the target of the group’s major robbery. Lewis is a great actor and should be a good addition to a film that should be very impressive indeed.
Variety also broke more villain news this week, revealing that Walton Goggins is in talks to board the new Tomb Raider film as the primary antagonist. The star, last seen as the new sheriff in The Hateful Eight, will be the villain to Alicia Vikander‘s Lara Croft in the video game reboot.
What do you think of this week’s new trailers? Will Jimmy Kimmel excel as Oscars host? Let me know in the comments section and come back next Sunday for another news round-up.
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