Our first trailer this week is incredibly exciting. The geeky side of our brains here at Sneak Peeks nearly exploded when the new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped this week. It was almost tempting to dedicate the whole article to that one trailer, but fortunately we’ve managed to pull ourselves together and find two other interesting and gripping pieces of movie marketing for you to look at. So let’s get our childish excitement out of the way, shall we?
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Lucasfilm
Wow! There isn’t really much else to say is there? This is insanely exciting! Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, slots in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope by telling the story of the group of rebels that are tasked with stealing the plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star.
The first standalone Star Wars Anthology film is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker and Ben Mendelsohn. At the end of the trailer we get a tantalising glimpse of Darth Vader, who will be voiced by the legendary James Earl Jones.
For any Star Wars fan, Rogue One is very exciting. The stories in the upcoming anthology films are almost more interesting than the regular series as they flesh out the story universe and provide answers to questions raised in the classic films. The prospect of seeing the Rebels steal the plans for the Death Star is so exciting because it’s something that fans have imagined ever since the opening crawl to 1977’s A New Hope. Let’s just hope it lives up to our imaginations, it certainly looks like it will. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released in December.
The Good Neighbour – Vertical Entertainment
Next up, a new American thriller film starring James Caan, Logan Miller and Keir Gilchrist. The film, directed by Kasra Farahani, tells the story of Ethan and Sean, two tech-savvy teens who decide to prank their neighbour Harold Grainey by convincing him that his house is haunted. When Grainey leaves his home one afternoon, the two set up equipment to simulate the haunting and rig cameras to capture his reactions. However, they soon realise that Grainey was the wrong person to target.
The film premiered at the South by Southwest Festival and James Caan has been praised for his “understated performance with extremely minimal dialogue”. The film looks to be a promising and gripping thriller. It’s an interesting premise especially with the prevalence of spurious online prank videos that promote dangerous activities to their viewers without revealing that they are actually fake. The Good Neighbour is released in September.
I.T. – Voltage Pictures
Last but by no means least is I.T. starring Pierce Brosnan as a self-made man who has it all. His company is on the verge of changing the aircraft leasing business forever when his relationship with Ed Porter (played by James Frecheville), his I.T. consultant, goes wrong. Mike (Brosnan) soon finds himself in a deadly high-stakes game of cat and mouse when Ed starts stalking Mike’s daughter and uses technology to threaten everything he holds dear.
Pierce Brosnan is always a reliably talented screen presence, even if some of his recent projects haven’t delivered. There is always the hope that it will be something special as Brosnan is quite simply a class act. He’s joined by a talented cast as well that features Anna Friel, Stefanie Scott, Michael Nyqvist and Adam Fergus.
The trailer likes to shout about the fact that the film has been written by those who brought you the thrilling Behind Enemy Lines, and the distinctively unimpressive A Good Day To Die Hard. I.T. will get a limited release in September.
So there you have it, another week of immensely gripping movie trailers for you to gawk at. Check in next week for another sneak peek!