Crafting the perfect movie trailer is hard work. There must be enough intrigue to get the audience excited while not 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.)
The concept for this film has generated a lot of buzz, which features Eastenders actor Himesh Patel playing a struggling singer-songwriter in an English town who wakes up after a freak accident to discover that no one in the world remembers The Beatles — and maybe more importantly, their songs. He rockets to stardom playing the band’s greatest songs, only to find himself struggling with his newfound fame and the truth that only he knows about the real origin of the songs. Lily James and Kate McKinnon play supporting roles, and the trailer suggests that a few well-known musicians will be making cameos, too. That alone seems worth the ticket price, but the film is also helmed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) from a script by Notting Hill and Love Actually screenwriter Richard Curtis, so it has all the makings of a wonderful little movie.
Release date: June 28
X-Men franchise actor Nicholas Hoult portrays Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien in this film, and the first trailer makes it look significantly more epic than the usual biopic. The film follows Tolkien through his formative years as he finds friends among the outcasts at school, falls in love, and experiences the horrors of World War I — the experiences that would influence him to pen his famous saga. The trailer suggests that the links between his real life and iconic elements of Lord of the Rings will be made abundantly clear in the film, which features Lily Collins playing his wife and muse, Edith Bratt.
Release date: May 10
Just when kids finally stopped singing Let It Go everywhere you go, along comes the teaser trailer for Frozen 2. The sequel to the highest-grossing animated movie of all time worldwide and 2013’s highest-grossing movie globally, Frozen 2 appears to be bringing back all of the major players from the first film and expanding the borders of the 2013 film’s story with a far-flung adventure. You have to hand it to Disney for the marketing on this film. It was always going to be a big deal (to put it mildly), but they still put together a teaser that does a great job of building excitement and making the sequel intriguing to even the most casual Frozen fan.
Release date: November 22
Ever since casting details for this live-action remake of the 1992 animated Disney feature began emerging, everyone’s been wondering how Will Smith will look as the movie’s iconic genie. Well, now we know. Reaction to the big reveal has been mixed, to put it politely, but the new teaser has prompted all kinds of debate — which can be a good thing from a promotional perspective. We’ll just let you watch the teaser and judge for yourself whether a big, blue, face-mapped “Fresh Prince” genie is what you want to see on the big screen.
Release date: May 24
Ben Affleck. Oscar Isaac. Charlie Hunnam. Garrett Hedlund. Pedro Pascal. This long-in-development action film has an all-star cast, and the trailers feel like what we would get if Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) directed a film like The Expendables. In fact, Bigelow was initially attached to helm the film, which follows a group of former Special Forces operatives who reunite for an off-the-books mission to steal millions of dollars from the head of a drug cartel in South America. Instead of Bigelow, A Most Violent Year director JC Chandor is directing the film, which is based on a screenplay by The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty writer Mark Boal, which makes a lot of sense, given the footage we’ve seen so far. The film is getting a simultaneous release in theaters and on Netflix when it premieres.
Release date: March 13
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