Another week, another round of intriguing trailers to get us excited for upcoming films. This time around, we’ve got a first look at a musical from the director of Whiplash, a new peek at the next Star Wars flick, a new directing effort by John Krasinski, and more.
Check out some of the best trailers of the week below.
LA LA LAND
Director Damien Chazelle blew us all away with his Oscar-winning 2014 effort Whiplash, and now he seems to be getting even more daring with this film, a musical about a romance between a jazz musician (Ryan Gosling) and a waitress and aspiring actress (Emma Stone). Stone and Gosling have proven chemistry, and Chazelle is brilliant at weaving music and film together, so this could be a gem.
John Krasinski (The Office) returns to directing with this film about a dysfunctional family forced to unite around a dying mother (Margo Martindale) even as they continue with their own problems. It may look a little formulaic (if you’ve seen This Is Where I Leave You you may notice some familiar tones) but that doesn’t matter to me. The cast is great (Margo Martindale can command literally any scene written for her), the tone is right, and this could turn out to be fantastic.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
This isn’t so much a trailer as it is a kind of behind-the-scenes sizzle reel, but it still counts because it’s dazzling. This December director Gareth Edwards and an all-star cast led by Felicity Jones will take us into a new phase of Star Wars lore, telling the story of the Rebel fighters who managed to steal the plans to the first Death Star. It looks darker than anything Star Wars has attempted before, but it still feels right at home. And as an added bonus, you get to watch Donnie Yen be a badass.
RULES DON’T APPLY
Warren Beatty hasn’t made a movie in nearly two decades, but he’s back this year with a period piece in which an aspiring actress (Lily Collins) from a strict family background goes to work for the legendary Howard Hughes (Beatty). Having Beatty back in the driver’s seat of a film is reason enough to go see it, but this also looks slick as hell, in the best way.
SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS
I mean…come on. It’s the fourth Sharknado flick. Do you really need me to explain it to you?