This week, when it came to movie trailers, pretty much everything was overshadowed by the release of the “final” promo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Nothing else could top that release, but there were, believe it or not, some other trailers out this week, including Natalie Portman’s long-awaited Western, two new Netflix shows, and a reunion for the comedy duo of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
Check out the biggest trailers (that weren’t Star Wars) of the week below.
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg made another comedy together, and this time they’re getting into the world of Competitive Daddying. Ferrell is the dutiful, loving stepdad, while Wahlberg is the motorcycle-riding bad boy biological father. A face off ensues as they try to win the kids over with everything from Christmas in April to selfies with Kobe Bryant. It might be a little predictable, but Ferrell drunkenly panicking at the Staples Center still look like it’s worth watching.
After the success of Daredevil earlier this year, Marvel will continue its run of Netflix Original Series with Jessica Jones, the story of a former superhero turned private detective (Krysten Ritter) who must face the horrors of her past when an old foe (David Tennant) surfaces. As bleak as Daredevil got, this show looks like it’s trying its best to top it.
MASTER OF NONE
Speaking of Netflix original series, Aziz Ansari got one of his own this year, and it’s hitting the streaming service next month. Ansari stars as an actor in his early 30s still trying to figure out dating, the possibility of having kids, and how to get his career in order. If that sounds predictable to you, you’re not alone, but Ansari and his supporting cast, which includes former SNL featured player Noel Wells, make it look like a charmer.
JANE GOT A GUN
This Natalie Portman-starring Western has hit so many production delays that it’s coming out well over a year after its original August 2014 release date, and now it’s got Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight standing in its way. Still, I’m always up for a Western, particularly one that lets Natalie Portman remind us that she’s capable of being a badass in movies again.
Writer/director David O. Russell and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert DeNiro team up for the third time for this story of a woman who took the nothing she had and made something great. The focus of the trailers has absolutely been on Lawrence’s title role performance, and it’s not hard to imagine her contending for a second Oscar thanks to this movie. That it’s the story of a woman fighting for what’s hers even as Lawrence herself is making headlines for demanding pay equal to her male co-stars doesn’t hurt the message, either.