Film Friday (10/5): This Week's New Movie Trailers

  • Publish Date: October 5, 2018
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New trailers and updates for upcoming films

An extended look at Aquaman

There’s plenty of action in this new extended look at Aquaman. Introduced in Justice League, Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) is the son of Thomas Curry (Temuera Morrison), a human, and Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman). The plot of the December 21 release revolves around a powerful trident that interests Patrick Wilson’s Orm/Ocean Master and Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), seen here shooting up a village with his robotic goons. Featured in this new trailer for Furious 7 director James Wan’s film is Amber Heard’s Mera, who serves as Aquaman’s guide to the seven kingdoms of Atlantis.

Holmes & Watson

Talladega Nights and Step Brothers co-stars Will Ferrell and John C. Riley are back together in Holmes & Watson, a comedic take on the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Written and directed by Etan Cohen (Get Hard), the December 21 release finds Holmes (Ferrell) and Watson (Riley) attempting to solve a case before the Queen is killed. The supporting cast includes Ralph Fiennes as Moriarty, Rebecca Hall as Dr. Grace Hart, Kelly Macdonald as Mrs. Hudson, and Hugh Laurie as Mycroft.


Adam McKay’s follow-up to The Big Short explores how Dick Cheney became Vice President to George W. Bush and reshaped the country and the world during his eight years in power. Christian Bale stars as Cheney, Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, Tyler Perry as Colin Powell, LisaGay Hamilton as Condoleezza Rice, and Lily Rabe and Alison Pill as Liz and Mary Cheney. Vice opens on December 25th.

The Mule

Clint Eastwood steps in front of the camera for the first time since 2012’s Trouble with the Curve in this December 14 release based on the life of World War II veteran Leo Sharp. Directing himself for the first time since 2008’s Gran Torino, Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, a man facing foreclosure on his business who unknowingly signs up to be a drug courier for the Mexican cartel. Bradley Cooper plays the DEA agent who takes an interest in Earl. The Mule's supporting cast includes Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Dianne Wiest, Andy Garcia, Alison Eastwood, and Taissa Farmiga.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

The latest trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse reveals there are at least six spider-derived superheroes in this animated feature: Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), Miles Morales (voiced by Dope’s Shameik Moore), Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), and Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), who controls SP//dr, a psychically-powered mech suit. The voice cast of this December 14 release also includes Brian Tyree Henry as Miles’ dad, Mahershala Ali as Aaron Davis/Prowler, Lily Tomlin as Aunt May, and Liev Schreiber as the Kingpin.

The Upside

This remake of The Intouchables stars Bryan Cranston as a rich quadriplegic and Kevin Hart as his inexperienced caregiver. Directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, Divergent), the film earned mixed reviews when it premiered at TIFF in 2017, and its release was delayed because it was originally a Weinstein Company production. The Upside finally hits theaters January 11, 2019.

Cold War

Writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning Ida is a love story inspired by his parents. Taking place in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film follows two mismatched musicians, Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig) through their up and down romance. Cold War is Poland’s official entry for this year’s best foreign language film Oscar race. See it in select theaters beginning December 21st.


Taron Egerton stars as Elton John in Rocketman, a look at the singer-songwriter’s breakthrough years. Directed by Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle, Sunshine on Leith) from a script by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), the May 17, 2019 release also stars Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden, Steven Mackintosh, and Gemma Jones.

Robin Hood

The latest film version of Robin Hood stars Taron Egerton as Robin of Loxley and Jamie Foxx as Little John. Together, they lead a revolt against the English crown and Ben Mendelsohn’s Sheriff of Nottingham. Coming to their aid are Jamie Dornan’s Will Scarlet, Eve Hewson’s Maid Marian, and Tim Minchin’s Friar Tuck. Robin Hood opens November 21st.

Short takes

Been So Long is a musical-romance starring Michaela Coel as single mother living in London’s Camden neighborhood. Find it on Netflix beginning October 26th.

Stephen Dorff and Melissa George star as parents struggling with the death of their daughter in Don't Go. Look for it in select theaters and On Demand beginning October 26th.

With solid early reviews from Fantastic Fest, Overlord hits theaters November 9th. Here’s a short final trailer.

News and notes

  • After saying goodbye to Captain America, Chris Evans has joined Daniel Craig in Rian Johnson’s Knives Out. - Deadline
  • Ansel Elgort will play Tony in Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story. - THR
  • Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer will star in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile. - THR
  • Michelle Williams will play astronaut Christa McAuliffe in The Challenger, a film about the 1986 space shuttle tragedy. - Deadline
  • Rosie Perez will play Renee Montoya in Birds of Prey. - TheWrap
  • Alicia Vikander will play the young Gloria Steinem to Julianne Moore’s older version in Julie Taymor’s biopic My Life on the Road. - Deadline
  • Jon Stewart will direct the political satire Irresistible with hopes of casting buddy Steve Carell in the lead role. - Variety
  • Justin Simien (Dear White People) will direct a biopic of Sylvia Robinson, a singer, songwriter and producer known as “The Mother of Hip-Hop.” - Deadline
  • Winston Duke (Black Panther) will star alongside Mark Wahlberg in director Peter Berg’s Netflix crime drama Wonderland. - Variety
  • Rafael Casal (Blindspotting) has joined Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Ray Romano, Geraldine Viswanathan, and Alex Wolff in Bad Education, director Cory Finley’s follow-up to Thoroughbreds. - Variety
  • Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and McKenna Grace will star in the third Annabelle film. - Heat Vision
  • Sophia Lillis (It) will star in Gretel and Hansel for director Osgood Perkins (The Blackcoat’s Daughter and I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House). - Heat Vision
  • Sam Neill and Michael Caton will star in the English language remake of Rams. - Variety
  • James Wan will not direct The Conjuring 3. Wan has handed off those duties to Michael Chaves, who recently completed The Curse of La Llorona. - Heat Vision
  • The Star Wars Show has news about Jon Favreau’s new live-live-action series, The Mandalorian, which has begun production.

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