Another week, another round of intriguing trailers, and since we’ve basically already drowned in summer movie spots this year, it’s time to look to the fall. This time around we’ve got a couple of intriguing period pieces, a coming-of-age comedy that looks like serious, what might be the most ill-advised remake of all time, and The Rock playing a demigod.
Check out some of the most interesting trailers of the week below.
Maybe one day we’ll get sick of World War II dramas, but we’re not there yet, and this new thriller proves it. Anthropoid stars Jamie Dornan (50 Shades of Grey) and Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) as a pair of Czech operatives on a top secret Nazi resistance mission in the 1940s. Their objective is to eliminate Reinhard Heydrich, Hitler’s architect of the Holocaust, and a single misstep will get them and everyone they work with killed. It’s not exactly a novel thriller concept, but it looks polished, well-acted, and appropriately powerful. I’m in.
DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD
Ricky Gervais became an international superstar thanks to David Brent, his impossibly awkward boss on The Office, and it turns out he’s not done with the character just yet. In Life on the Road, Brent is stretching his performance chops with a tour featuring a long-suffering band and a rapper who has no clue what he’s actually supposed to be talking about onstage. If you love the cringe-worthy comedy of The Office, you’ll probably ease right back into it with this.
MORRIS FROM AMERICA
Rising indie film star Chad Hartigan is back this year with this acclaimed coming-of-age story about an aspiring rapper (Markees Christmas) who moves to Germany with his dad (Craig Robinson) and does his best to be cool and impress a girl with his budding hip hop skills. I’m a sucker for movies like this, but throw in an anchor like Robinson and I’m even more intrigued.
Disney’s already riding high this year thanks to the massive success of Zootopia, but their animation wing might not be done raking in the accolades yet. This Thanksgiving they drop this flick centered on the mythology of the Pacific islands. In addition to a welcome injection of diversity into the Disney princess lineup, it also features Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a charismatic demigod named Maui (he’s unmistakably the star of this trailer) and original songs by Hamilton creator and current toast of all pop culture Lin-Manuel Miranda. It’s hard to see this not becoming a hit.
KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW?
For at least the last five years, Kevin Hart has seemed unstoppable. He’s one of the few stand-ups on the planet who can release a concert film theatrically and turn a profit, and this year he’s going to try that again with this new special, featuring a spy parody and a sold-out football stadium that proves just how hot the man’s act is.
Though she’s already got a pretty hefty trophy case of awards, I’ve always felt like Rachel Weisz is a somewhat underrated actress who doesn’t get enough credit for the meaty roles she can absolutely nail. In this film, she stars as Deborah Lipstadt, a historian who was actually forced to fight a libel charge when she publicly declared British writer David Irving (Timothy Spall) a Holocaust denier. This is one of those films that packs a powerful cast and a powerful subject matter, so if it’s executed well there’s no way I’m missing it.
At this point, it’s hard to be shocked when any film gets remade, but…this is Ben-Hur. The story’s already been adapted for film twice, and the 1959 version still holds the record (tied with Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) for most Oscars won by a single film. Its central chariot race remains one of the most iconic action sequences in cinema history, and now this film comes along and essentially makes that very scene look like a video game. I like this film’s cast. I like its story. I don’t want it to fail. It’s just that every second of footage I’ve seen makes me question why it exists at all.