This Week in Trailers: ‘The Great Wall’, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’, ‘Ben-Hur’, Plus More
The recent super-event known as Comic-Con 2016 was particularly good for those of us who enjoy watching trailers, giving us plenty of them to look at and talk about; if you want to take a look at those you can do so here. Now that Comic-Con has ended, and as happens every week, there were also plenty of new trailers that were released. It’s that time of the week again when we take a look at them and judge which movie or TV show we will want to watch next.
The Great Wall
Synopsis: Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary’s The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China. The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.
Release Date: February 17, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director: Zhang Yimou
Writer: Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, and Tony Gilroy
Starring: Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Kenny Lin, Junkai Wang, Zheng Kai, Cheney Chen, Xuan Huang, and Andy Lau
Synopsis: HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of conscientious collaborator Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He believed the war was just, but killing was nevertheless wrong; he was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. As an army medic, Doss single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. He was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Release Date: November 4th
Director: Mel Gibson
Writers: Robert Schenkkan, and Andrew Knight
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, and Vince Vaughn
Synopsis: BEN-HUR is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Also starring Morgan Freeman and Rodrigo Santoro.
Release Date: August 19th
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Writers: Keith R. Clarke, and John Ridley
Starring: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, and Sofia Black D’Elia
Synopsis: Director Danny Boyle reunites the original cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle.
Release Date: January 27, 2017 (U.K.)
Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: John Hodge
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ewan Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle
Synopsis: Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.
Release Date: October 14th
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Writer: Bill Dubuque
Starring: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, .K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, and John Lithgow
American Horror Story (Season 6)
Synopsis: Not Available
Release Date: September 14th (FX)
Genre: Horror (TV Series)
Creators: Brad Falchuk, and Ryan Murphy
Starring: Lady Gaga, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Denis O’Hare, Cheyenne Jackson, and Leslie Jordan
Legends of Tomorrow (Season 2)
Synopsis: In the year 2166, the immortal villain Vandal Savage is on the verge of his final victory – total chaos and the utter destruction of humanity. As the world crumbles, the Time Master Rip Hunter takes matters into his own hands; he travels 150 years into the past to assemble a carefully selected team of heroes and rogues, who together will be… Legends.
Release Date: October 13th (The CW)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi (TV Series)
Creators: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim
Starring: Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Arthur Darvill, Ciara Renée, and Franz Drameh
Synopsis: Set in a small town in California’s San Joaquin Valley, ITHACA tells the story of 14-year-old Homer Macauley who is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen. His older brother has gone to war, leaving Homer to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother, Ulysses. And so it is that as spring turns to summer, 1942, Homer Macauley delivers messages of love, hope, pain and death to the good people of Ithaca. And Homer Macauley will grapple with one message that will change him forever – from a boy into a man.
Release Date: September 9th (Limited release)
Director: Meg Ryan
Writer: Erik Jendersen
Starring: Alex Neustaedter, Meg Ryan, Sam Shepard, Molly Gordon, Hamish Linklater, and Jack Quaid
The Get Down
Synopsis: The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to a new art form. Set in New York in 1977, this music-driven drama series chronicles the rise of hip-hop and the last days of disco -– told through the lives, music, art and dance of the South Bronx kids who would change the world forever.
Release Date: August 12th (Netflix)
Genre: Drama, Music (TV Series)
Creator: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jaden Smith, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., Mamoudou Athie, Jimmy Smits, and Giancarlo Esposito
Office Christmas Party
Synopsis: In OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, when the CEO tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, he and his Chief Technical Officer must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.
Release Date: December 9th
Directors: Josh Gordon, and Will Speck
Writers: Justin Malen, and Laura Solon
Starring: Kate McKinnon, T.J. Miller, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney B. Vance, Sam Richardson, Randall Park, and Jillian Bell
Synopsis: While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.
Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
Release Date: January 20, 2017
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: James McAvoy, and Anya Taylor-Joy
Justice League Dark
Synopsis: The Justice League Dark, or JLD, is a fictional superhero team that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. First appearing in Justice League Dark #1 (November 2011), the Justice League Dark originally featured John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade, the Changing Man and Zatanna. The team consists of the more supernatural members of the DC Universe, handling situations deemed unfit for the traditional Justice League.
Release Date: Fall 2016
Director: Jay Oliva
Starring: Jason O’Mara, Matt Ryan, Camilla Luddington, Nicholas Turturro, Ray Chase, Dee Bradley Baker, and Fred Tatasciore
Beauty and the Beast
Synopsis: 1810. After the wreck of his ships, a financially-ruined merchant (André Dussollier) exiles himself in the countryside with his six children. Among them is Belle (Léa Seydoux), his youngest daughter, a joyful girl full of grace. One day, during an arduous journey, the merchant stumbles across the magical domain of the Beast (Vincent Cassel), who sentences him to death for stealing a rose. Feeling responsible for the terrible fate which has befallen her family, Belle decides to sacrifice herself and take her father’s place. At the Beast’s castle, it is not death that awaits Belle, but a strange life in which fantastical moments mingle with gaiety and melancholy. Every night, at dinner, Belle and the Beast sit down together. They learn about each other, taming one another like two strangers who are total opposites. When she has to repulse his amorous advances, Belle tries to pierce the mysteries of the Beast and his domain. And when night falls, the Beast’s past is revealed to her bit by bit in her dreams. It is a tragic story, which tells her that this solitary and fearsome being was once a majestic prince. Armed with her courage, ignoring every danger, and opening her heart, Belle manages to release the Beast from his curse. And in doing so, she discovers true love.
Release Date: September 23rd
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Director: Christophe Gans
Writer: Christophe Gans
Starring: Léa Seydoux, and Vincent Cassel
Synopsis: 1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.
Release Date: October 14th
Director: Park Chan-wook
Writers: Chung Seo-Kyung, and Park Chan-wook
Starring: Ha Jung-woo, Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae Ri, Jo Jin-woong, Kim Hae-suk, and Moon So-ri
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Synopsis: Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life includes four 90-minute chapters, each spanning one of the four seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who executive produces, writes and directs the four 90-minute chapters with Daniel Palladino. The project is from Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Release Date: November 25th (Netflix)
Genre: Comedy, Drama (TV Series)
Creator: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Starring: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Melissa McCarthy, Kelly Bishop, Sean Gunn, Keiko Agena, Scott Patterson, Jared Padalecki, Milo Ventimiglia, and Matt Czuchry