Crafting the perfect movie trailer is hard work. There must be enough intrigue to get the audience excited without revealing too much about the film’s plot points and key moments (even then, things don’t always work out perfectly). Because of the sheer volume of new movie trailers being released in a given week, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding them up and separating the good from the bad for you. Check out the latest must-see trailers below, whether you’re looking for action, horror, comedy, or something else. It probably goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: Spoiler alert! Tread carefully, friends.
Note: All release dates are for the United States.
‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
“You’re after something. Is it revenge? Money? Or something else?” Emilia Clarke’s (Game of Thrones) Qi’ra asks over the opening scenes of the official Solo trailer, before Han himself (Alden Ehrenreich) seemingly answers her query by saying: “I’ve waited a long time for a shot like this.” Han — and Chewie, and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), it would seem — have been recruited by Woody Harrelson (the character probably has a name, but it’s standard Harrelson) for some sort of dangerous job that will test Han’s skill as a pilot. It seems many fans have tempered expectations for Solo, thanks to some behind-the-scenes upheaval, but regardless of whether the film does Han justice, it’s guaranteed to be a slick, action-packed affair with impressive cinematography and jaw-dropping effects work.
Release date: May 25
Who needs 11 (or 12, or 13) when you can do it with eight? This reboot/sequel comedic caper sees Sandra Bullock take on the role of Debbie Ocean, sister to Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra in the original film, George Clooney in the trilogy) and a master thief in her own right. Debbie’s got her sights set on a particularly valuable piece of jewelry, which she wants to steal from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The only problem is, it’s a necklace located on the neck of a wealthy aristocrat (Anne Hathaway). So, naturally, Debbie recruits a crack team — including Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, and more — to attempt the nigh-impossible heist. Side note: If the Met actually has the “most advanced security in the world,” as the trailer claims, then we really need to rethink our priorities.
Release date: June 8
‘The Incredibles 2’
Following a series of small reveals and teaser trailers, we finally got the official trailer for The Incredibles 2, due out this summer (just 14 short years after the first film!). In the movie, Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) finds himself playing stay-at-home dad when his wife, Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) gets whisked away by a super-fan (Bob Odenkirk) to become the face of a publicity campaign.
Unsurprisingly, it turns out the super dad is better at fighting villains than math homework or childcare. An evil character named ‘Screenslaver’ is in the mix, and don’t worry — Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) and Edna Mode (the voice of director Brad Bird) are back, too.
Release date: June 15
‘Hearts Beat Loud’
Hearts Beat Loud is one of those movies where you watch the trailer and you just feel good afterward. Kiersey Clemons, well on her way to superstardom after turns in Dope, Transparent, and Easy, plays a young, musically inclined woman who makes music with her dad (Nick Offerman) for fun. When Dad’s record store goes under, she begins to feel claustrophobic as he hangs onto their relationship for dear life. Suddenly, some of their music starts to receive attention, and she’s faced with several big decisions. Offerman gets to play to his real-life strengths — namely, being very funny and very cuddly — and the film’s stars get support from Ted Danson, Toni Collette, and Blythe Danner.
Release date: June 8
‘Hot Summer Nights’
Another stellar A24 trailer, Hot Summer Nights features 2017 breakout star Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird) as Daniel, a young man sent to the beach to live with his aunt for the summer (an obvious cliché, as Daniel himself points out). Of course, when he gets there, he’s out of his element and in over his head, and soon finds himself romantically intertwined with a young woman (Maika Monroe) while simultaneously nursing a budding weed business with a new friend (Alex Roe), who also happens to be the girl’s older brother. The trailer is slick and poignant, preparing us for what’s sure to be a bittersweet ending. Thomas Jane (Hung) and William Fichtner co-star.
Release date: July 27
You know those goofy SyFy movies about ginormous crocodiles and shark tornadoes? Well, imagine if one of those was a thriller flick with a massive budget. That’s The Meg (the name is short for “megalodon”), in which a huge shark — like, 75 feet long — terrorizes a group of researchers trapped in a deep-sea submarine off the coast of China. The trailer definitely veers into “this can’t possibly be serious” territory a few times, including a scene where the giant shark appears to chase a person who’s inside one of those inflatable water balls, but it looks epic enough to entertain nonetheless. Jason Statham stars, with help from Rainn Wilson, Li Bingbing, Cliff Curtis, and Page Kennedy.
Release date: August 10
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